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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 — June 20, 2015
- An AKD Enforcement Officer investigated a vessel in Seward Alaska for a rockfish bycatch overage. The IFQ permit holder landed 4,442 pounds of IFQ sablefish and 2,190 pounds of rockfish bycatch, an overage of bycatch rockfish of 229 percent. The IFQ permit holder was issued an EAR summary settlement for the fair market value of the overage $657.07 and $5,000 for being over 200 percent of the bycatch maximum retainable amount, totaling $5,657.07.
- An Enforcement Officer issued a $300 summary settlement to a Newfoundland Lobster Dealer that was found in possession of one
whole live undersized American lobster and one whole live v-notched female American lobster.
An Enforcement Officer conducted inspections of in-bound shipments of lobster and fish at the Calais Port of Entry. Two trucks were inspected; one with violations found.
Pacific Islands Division:
- A Special Agent and Enforcement Officer participated in a joint harbor patrol with HSI and CBP in Honolulu, Hawaii. Three longline fishing vessels were boarded and inspected. One of the longline fishing vessels was issued a "Fix It" for not filling out the
fisheries log book within the proper time and for having improperly marked longline fishing buoys.
An Enforcement Officer issued a $275 summary settlement to a recreational vessel out of Panama City, FL for possessing one red snapper out of season.
- An Enforcement Officer issued a $300 summary settlement to a recreational vessel out of Panama City, FL for possessing two red snappers out of season.
West Coast Division:
- The WCD initiated an investigation into a commercial fishing vessel that drifted into the Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) while the crew slept. The Captain of the vessel contacted NOAA OLE and self-reported the incursion into the RCA with gear stowed. The captain confirmed there was a fisheries observer was onboard and admitted to not having a wheel watch. The Captain was issued a Written Warning Letter for failing to maintain safe conditions for the observer.
The WCD performed two joint patrols with WDFW in the San Juan Islands to enforce vessel regulations protecting Southern
Resident Killer Whales. Compliance by commercial and private vessels was observed to be good.