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Read the semiannual document that lists enforcement actions taken in each division from July 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013.
On a weekly basis, we'll post highlights of our enforcement actions here as well as occasional examples of high-interest violation notices.
Weekly Highlights—October 11, 2014
- OLE personnel worked with NOAA's Protected Resources Division, the observer program and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to investigate the take of two endangered short-tailed albatross. The operator of vessel allegedly failed to deploy seabird mitigation gear and failed to collect one bird as instructed during the observer sample period.
OLE staff inspected two Maine seafood companies that were found to be in possession of berried and V-notched female American lobsters. Both companies were issued verbal warnings. Abandonment waivers were signed in both instances and the lobsters were released into nearby harbors.
Pacific Islands Division:
OLE is investigating the continued harassment of Spinner Dolphins by a member of the general public off the Big Island of Hawaii. The case is pending investigation.
NOAA’s Office of the General Counsel – Enforcement Section, assessed a Notice of Violation and Assessment (NOVA) to three owners/operators of vessels for exceeding the 10 knot speed limit in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Region Right Whale Seasonal Management. Fines ranged from $9,000 to $11,500.
West Coast Division:
A summary settlement in the amount of $2,000 was issued to a company that shipped Pacific Herring to stores in Michigan without being appropriately treated for Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia which is in violation of the Lacey Act.
Dolphin Feeding = Harm to Animals, Fines—August 19, 2014
A Panama City business and its boat captain were fined for their role in feeding wild dolphins off the Florida Panhandle. Read the full story>>