|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 — August 3, 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.
- A Special Agent patrolled audited a vessel and documented failure to record two king salmon on sport fishing licenses and failure to complete the charter fishing logbook with all client’s names. The violations were forwarded to the Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Ketchikan.
- An EO issued a $500 summary settlement for 10 undersize lobsters. Additionally a 30 day fix it notice was issued for an expired dealer permit.
Pacific Islands Division:
- A PID Special Agent, Enforcement Officer and DMWR JEA partners conducted an inspection of a Taiwanese flagged long-line vessel delivering tuna to American Samoa to ensure compliance with WCPFC measures. No violations were detected.
- PID Enforcement Officers and a Special Agent conducted an outreach and education patrol concerning the closure of the Big Eye Tuna fishery in the WCPFC. Five vessels and two businesses were contacted. The EOs and the SA passed out compliance
guides and talked about the rules and regulations concerning the closure.
- An enforcement officer issued a $400 summary settlement to a recreational fisherman for possessing six red snapper during the seasonal closure.
- An enforcement officer issued a $275 summary settlement to a recreational fisherman for possessing a greater amberjack during the seasonal closure.
- A charter vessel was inspected that had landed snapper and grouper. The operator admitted to fishing thirty miles offshore and showed the enforcement officer his chart plotter track lines. The operator did not have a federal snapper/grouper charter permit. A summary settlement will be issued.
West Coast Division:
- The owner/operator of a commercial fishing vessel that participates in the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Area 2A
fishery agreed to a $5,400 settlement. The owner/operator admitted to the facts constituting the violations as contained in the issued NOVA, which was issued in the amount of $6,000. The investigation found that the operator of the vessel submitted inaccurate information to the IPHC, three years in a row, regarding the overall length of the vessel and received and fished on these fraudulently attained licenses. Additionally, the owner/operator of the vessel unlawfully failed to offload all Pacific halibut from the vessel and report these fish on state fish receiving tickets.