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Read the semiannual document that lists enforcement actions taken in each division from July 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012.
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—October 29, 2013
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.
OLE special agents participated in a joint Turtle Excluder Device (TED) patrol with officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) that covered Jacksonville to Port Canaveral. Three shrimpers were boarded with one warning issued for a minor discrepancy. OLE also provided hands-on TED inspection training for three FWCC officers.
OLE participated in a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the San Francisco area. During the operation, an OLE special agent observed a groundfish longline vessel fishing in federal waters and confirmed that the vessel did not possess a vessel monitoring system as required. A NOAA enforcement officer intercepted the vessel and conducted a boarding resulting in the discovery and seizure of 281 pounds of illegal rockfish.
Hefty Penalties for 86,000 lbs of Illegal Fluke—August 15, 2013
An investigation initiated in July 2010 by NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement into Research Set-Aside (RSA) program violations culminated in a guilty plea on August 15, 2013, by an East Meadow, New York, fisherman and his fish dealer company to wire fraud and falsifying federal records. Read the full story >>.