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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—August 30, 2014
- An abandoned, newborn harbor seal was collected by personnel from NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement and Office of Protected Resources and sent to the Alaska Sea Life Center in May 2014 after an individual picked it up, wiped it off and cleared an unidentified substance out of the seal’s mouth. A written warning was issued to the individual as a result of the Marine Mammal Protection Act violation. Staff of the Center taught the seal to fend for itself and it was released last week not far from where it was collected in Juneau, Alaska.
- 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:
NOAA enforcement personnel traveled to the island of Kauai with the division Safe Boat for the first time, and conducted four days of patrols with the State of Hawaii and US Coast Guard. The patrols focused on protected species and sustainable fisheries enforcement and outreach.
A Notice of Violation and Assessment in the amount of $18,250 was assessed against the owners/operators of a Panama-flagged and Greek-operated fishing vessel. An investigation by NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement found 18 separate egregious violations of speed restriction regulations, enacted to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, in Seasonal Management Areas off of the East Coast.
West Coast Division:
NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement conducted orca whale patrols in the area of the San Juan Islands, Washington, to ensure compliance with the 200-yard encroachment regulations for private and commercial whale watching. An investigation has been initiated into a tour vessel operator that was witnessed by enforcement personnel violating the encroachment setback.
Dolphin Feeding = Harm to Animals, Fines—August 19, 2014
A Panama City business and its boat captain were fined for their role in feeding wild dolphins off the Florida Panhandle. Read the full story>>