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|NOAA Office of General Counsel|
Keep up to date with the latest enforcement decisions and orders (2010 through 2015).
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 — February 2, 2016
- NOAA General Council issued a $1000 NOVA to the operator of a fishing vessel for retaining IFQ halibut without and IFQ halibut
permit. An OLE Special had previously seized the halibut onboard the vessel.
- An enforcement officer issued a written warning to a FV captain who entered the elephant trunk closed area on a declared scallop trip.
- Enforcement officers conducted a patrol in Rudee Inlet and Lyn Haven, VA. During the patrol, a recreational vessel was boarded and no violations were detected.
Pacific Islands Division:
- A PID Enforcement Officer issued a Fix-it Notice to a Hawaii long line fishing vessel while conducting vessel investigations at Pier 38
in Honolulu Harbor. The vessel did not have its official numbers displayed on the top deck as required.
- A special agent issued a $250 Summary Settlement, joint and several, to two individuals for harassment of a sea turtle hatchling. The individuals posted pictures to social media sites.
- A special agent issued a $275 summary settlement to a Satellite Beach, FL, recreational angler for harvesting a prohibited red snapper within the South Atlantic US EEZ.
- An enforcement officer observed a shrimp boat return from sea with shrimp on board. A boarding was conducted and the vessel’s TED’s were examined and found to be in compliance with federal regulations, however, the operator did not have a federal penaeid shrimp permit and admitted to conducting all trawling in federal waters. A $500 summary settlement was served jointly on the operator and owner.
West Coast Division:
- An investigation into a tuna fisherman who did not have a US Coast Guard approved boarding ladder was concluded with the issuance of a $250 Summary Settlement Offer.