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Enforcement

  • Tackling Seafood Fraud - Nov 15: Find out how NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement helps tackle seafood fraud.
  • Moving Forward, Protecting Our Marine Resources - Nov 8: NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement confronts crimes against marine mammals, smuggling operations, international conspiracies and local fraud every day to protect our nation's living marine resources.
  • Working Together to End IUU Fishing - Nov 2: Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing threatens the sustainability of our ocean ecosystems and fisheries. Combating IUU fishing is one of NOAA Fisheries’ top priorities.
  • Getting to the Bottom of Marine Mammal Crimes - Oct 3: Special agents and enforcement officers with NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement investigate crimes against marine mammals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month.
  • Casitas Endanger Lobster Habitat in Florida Keys - July 30: Casitas are artificial habitats that aid lobster poaching and destroy the seagrass beds and hardbottom communities that lobsters, fish, and other marine life need to survive. NOAA law enforcement works to remove these illegal structures.
  • Eagle Lives Thanks to NOAA Law Enforcement Officer - July 3: NOAA Fisheries Law Enforcement Officer Noah Meisenheimer stepped in and helped rescue an eagle who was caught in a rising tide in Ninilchik, Alaska.
  • Crimes Against Marine Mammals—New Exhibit Opens - May 22: NOAA Fisheries and the Crime Museum open new exhibit "Crimes Against Marine Mammals," celebrating 40 years of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and highlighting Act violations, investigations, and protection measures.
  • Reminder: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Regulations - Nov. 22: Recently, a New England groundfish vessel incidentally caught an 881-pound bluefin tuna in a trawl net. Find out more about how the situation was handled by NOAA and what happens when bluefin tuna is caught by accident.