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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 below and examples of high-interest violation notices. This does not include all weekly actions taken by our Officer or Special Agents.
Weekly Highlights — September 12, 2016
- An enforcement officer initiated an investigation involving a charter operator fishing without a valid Charter Halibut Permit (CHP).The
enforcement officer worked with Alaska Wildlife Troopers to seize 88 packages of mutilated halibut from a motor yacht.
- An enforcement officer issued a charter operator a $500 summary settlement for failure to ensure charter anglers signed the
logbook. Additionally, a written warning was issued for failure to immediately remove the lobes of the caudal fin on a Guided Angler
- An enforcement officer issued a $1000 summary settlement for failure to register IFQ fishing trips for observer coverage.
- An EO issued a $500 Summary Settlement to a recreational angler who was not in possession of a valid HMS permit
while landing HMS species.
- EOs conducted a multi-agency saturation operation focused on the Newburyport, MA Shark and Tuna Tournament. Prior to the start of the tournament EOs provided a presentation at the captains meeting to inform participants of recent changes to the regulations. OLE presence was well received. Over 36 inspections were made. HMS compliance was very high. The only violations were for reporting requirements. Recreational groundfish compliance rates were not as good. EOs identified multiple undersized cod and pollock, party/charter permitting, and saltwater angler license violations. There was also an incident of fishing for striped bass in the EEZ.
- An SA provided regulatory assistance to a vessel owner concerning regulations associated with the small mesh
fishery [squid & butterfish] as well as mesh requirements associated with the scup and black sea bass trawl fishery.
Pacific Islands Division:
- A PID Special Agent and PID Enforcement Officers conducted a protected species land patrol on the west side of the Big Island. No
violations were detected.
- A PID Enforcement Officer led two MMPA vessel (State partner vessel) patrols with JEA partners in waters off of Kona, on the
Island of Hawaii. Several Spinner Dolphins were observed as well as numerous dolphin sight-seeing vessels. Officers concentrated
their patrols in areas and bays where Spinner Dolphins are known to congregate. Officers educated public and tourists on dolphin
regulations in Honaunau Bay after witnessing a number of swimmers moving towards the dolphins. Compliance was gained through
- An enforcement officer issued four summary settlements based on case referrals from FWCC. The charges were possession of red snapper, gag grouper, and gray trigger fish during a federal closure. The summary settlement offers totaled $1,200.
- A special agent provided sea turtle mitigation gear outreach materials to a snapper-grouper charter/headboat fleet in St. Augustine, FL.
- An enforcement officer investigated a subject for not having a gulf reef fish charter permit available during a FWCC
inspection. The subject told the officer that he had forgotten to put the permit on his boat and sent a copy of the valid permit to the
officer. The officer provided some compliance assistance and educated the subject on permit requirements.
West Coast Division:
- WCD conducted eight vessel patrols. The purpose of the patrols was to monitor commercial and recreational vessel operator interactions with the Southern Resident Killer Whales. Numerous vessel operators and passengers were contacted as part of outreach efforts to improve compliance and enhance the safety and welfare of the whales. No citable violations were observed.
- WCD conducted a joint patrol with Oregon State Fish and Wildlife to monitor Coho Salmon fishing on inland streams and rivers
between Bandon and Cape Blanco. The patrol included a total of seven streams and rivers navigated on foot. Abnormally low
water levels for this time of year were noted. No violations were