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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 25, 2014
OLE personnel conducted vehicle patrols of the Northern fur seal rookeries and haul outs on St. Paul Island. Surveillance was conducted on all rookeries and haul outs throughout the week. Only two juvenile fur seal carcasses were found this week. Several sea lion subsistence hunters were watched during their hunts and all activity appeared lawful.
Alan Dresner, a federally-licensed fish dealer from Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced in federal court in Central Islip, New York, for violations stemming from his role in systematically underreporting fluke (summer flounder) that was being harvested as part of the federal Research Set-Aside Program. As part of his sentence, Dresner will serve four months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, fined $6,000, ordered to make a $15,000 community service payment, and ordered to pay $510,000 in restitution to the Marine Resources Account of the New York State Conservation Fund.
Pacific Islands Division:
OLE personnel are investigating a Hawaii based longline fishing vessel which conducted multiple fishing trips with an expired Hawaii Limited Entry Permit, an expired WCPFC Area Endorsement Permit, and an expired High Seas Fishing Permit. The subject of the investigation was previously issue a summary settlement for the aforementioned violations which he ignored.
NOAA’s Office of the General Counsel – Enforcement Section, assessed a Notice of Violation and Assessment (NOVA) in the amount of $15,000 to both the captain and owner of a shrimp vessel that was boarded in the EEZ and found to be in possession of 146 shark fins with no corresponding carcasses. The shark fins and fishing gear used to take the sharks were seized as evidence and the captain was cited for shark finning, failure to land intact and no commercial Highly Migratory Species (HMS) shark permit.
West Coast Division:
OLE conducted a Pulse Operation in Portland, OR in partnership with the Oregon State Police (OSP) Wildlife Troopers. Wholesale fish permit holders were inspected, and OSP issued several warnings for minor fish ticket violations and possession of fish without documentation.
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>>