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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—April 7, 2014
- NOAA enforcement officers staffed the OLE booth at the 2014 Great Alaska Sportsman's Show in Anchorage, Alaska. Education and outreach was conducted regarding Cook Inlet beluga whales and compliance with halibut regulations was covered.
- The NOAA Office of the General Counsel – Enforcement Section (GCES) issued a Notice of Violation and Assessment (NOVA) in the penalty amount of $30,000 to the owner/operator of a commercial fishing vessel for possessing a scallop overage, taking and possessing NE multispecies without a proper permit, and for failing to make scallops available for inspection. The scallop overage was concealed within a hidden compartment onboard the vessel.
Pacific Islands Division:
- A military contractor charged with Smuggling and Endangered Species Act (CITES) violations pleaded not guilty during his initial appearance/arraignment hearing in U.S. District Court - District of Hawaii. This case involves the alleged removal of numerous corals and giant clam species from the Republic of Marshall Island's waters and importing the items into Honolulu, Hawaii. A jury trial is scheduled for December 17, 2013.
- An OLE special agent issued a Summary Settlement citation in the amount of $300 to two recreational fishermen for possessing prohibited red snapper and gag grouper during the seasonal closure. The case was documented by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FL FWCC) officers on Joint Enforcement Agreement (JEA) patrol offshore of Ponce Inlet, Florida.
- OLE personnel conducted a patrol near the North Fork Mad River in response to a complaint of possible sewage and trash pollution on salmon spawning grounds. Abandoned trailers and autos were discovered in and on the banks of the river which is critical habitat. The land owner will be contacted, and the County and State agencies to initiate clean-up efforts.
Dolphin Harassment Leads to Penalties for Fishermen and Tour Boat Companies—March 12, 2014
NOAA’s Enforcement Program continues to see cases of injury and harassment to dolphins in the wild, resulting in federal prosecution. Read the full story >>.