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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—November 22, 2014
OLE Enforcement Officers issued summary settlements totaling more than $14,700 to the operators of seven fishing vessels for pollock trip limit overages.
OLE personnel initiated an investigation of a Canadian lobster dealer in Nova Scotia, based upon a complaint received from a U.S. lobster dealer via the Maine Marine Patrol. The complainant stated that undersized, v-notched and egg bearing American lobsters had been found in two shipments that they had received.
Pacific Islands Division:
The Pacific Islands General Counsel Enforcement attorney issued eight Notice of Violation and Assessments (NOVAs) totaling $606,726.00. These cases consisted in part of fishery violations of the WCPFC implementing regulations, Marine Mammal Protection Act violations for setting on schools of fish associated with live whales, and a Magnuson Stevens Act violation for longline fishing activity within a longline prohibited area. Four additional cases are currently being reviewed for charging with NOVA amounts yet to be determined.
One of four defendants charged with conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act for unlawful harvest/sales of spiny lobster, changed his plea to guilty. Sentencing is scheduled January 27, 2015. The three remaining defendants are scheduled for trial in Key West on January 26, 2015.
West Coast Division:
An investigation was initiated into an Oregon licensed fish dealer who was delinquent on paying buy back fees deducted from Dungeness crab landings. Interviews revealed the first receiver deducted required funds from each landing and converted those fees into operating capital for the business. A review of pertinent documents is ongoing.
Scallop Overharvesting Sinks Seafood Company—October 4, 2014
The owner of a Maine seafood company was sentence to 30 months in prison and fined $520,371 for his role in concealing the overharvesting of nearly 80,000 pounds of Atlantic sea scallops. Read the full story>>