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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 2, 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:
NOAA enforcement personnel conducted Joint Enforcement Agreement training on the Island of Kauai for officers from Hawaii’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement and U.S. Coast Guard. Topics covered included laws and regulations, bottom fishing, long/short lining, and NOAA’s Vessel Monitoring System.
NOAA enforcement personnel attended the Initial Appearance and Change of Plea hearing for a seafood dealer in the Southern District of Florida that pled guilty to one count of the Lacey Act violation for selling and transporting relabeled Steelhead trout as Atlantic salmon in interstate and foreign commerce.
West Coast Division:
NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement conducted a joint outreach vessel patrol with the US Coast Guard to educate the boating community and recreational kayak users concerning the harassment of whales in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with a total of 18 contacts being made. This effort was in response to recent complaints of boaters and kayakers encroaching on a large pod of humpback whales feeding in the area.
Electronic Reporting Required for HMS Dealers—July 24, 2014
All federally permitted Atlantic HMS dealers are required to electronically report commercially harvested species on a weekly basis. Read the full story>>