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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 — October 5, 2015
- A special agent contacted two fishermen with chunked halibut without skin on. The halibut had been processed in port and was being transported on the vessel with fishing gear onboard. Written warnings were issued to each subject.
- An EO received information that from Maryland Natural Resources Police that a charter/headboat landed dolphin without a dolphin/wahoo permit. Upon investigation, it was determined that the vessel operator did not possess the proper permit and additionally did not possess a valid federal operator permit. The operator was issued a two count summary settlement for $1,000 total in fines.
- An SA responded to a hotline compliant involving a recreational boater who collected a seal he thought needed human attention. The animal was assessed by stranding network personnel and was then transferred to the Marine Life Center in Bourne, MA. The recreational boater was contacted and advised not to act independently in the future, but rather to contact a stranding network and report their concerns.
Pacific Islands Division:
- A total of 11 patrols were completed this week by OLE enforcement officers. No violations were found.
An enforcement officer issued summary settlements of $300, $300 and $350 to three recreational vessels found in possession of 2 undersized greater amberjack, 2 red snapper and 4 gray triggerfish.
- An enforcement officer issued summary settlements of $350, $350, $450 and $450 to four recreational vessels found in possession of 4 red snapper, 2 gray triggerfish and 2 red snapper, 8 red snapper and 8 gray triggerfish during the federal closures.
- An enforcement officer issued a $750 summary settlement to a recreational vessel for possessing 9 red snapper and 1 gray triggerfish during the federal closure and $325 to a second recreational vessel for failing to maintain fish intact.
West Coast Division:
- Enforcement Officers conducted three Highly Migratory Species (HMS) and nearshore groundfish patrols from Westport, Washington to Newport, Oregon. Six commercial fishing vessels targeting albacore tuna were investigated and four HMS logbook violations were identified. Verbal warnings were issued for the violations.