Weekly Highlights - August 9, 2019
Read about this week's enforcement actions from around the country.
Four Enforcement Officers and the new patrol vessel, participated in a five-day multi-agency operation with JEA partners from the states of CT, RI, and NY. The operation concentrated on charter vessels harvesting striped bass within the Economic Exclusion Zone. The objective was to ensure a level playing field for honest charter operators who observed the moratorium on striped bass fishing in the EEZ. Five vessels were boarded and eight striped bass were abandoned.
A Galveston Enforcement Officer conducted joint underway patrols with the U.S. Coast Guard in Galveston and Freeport. Two boardings were completed with all activities were found in compliance. The EO also provided guidance to the USCG throughout the entire operation where the USCG detected five violations for possession of red snapper out of season by recreational anglers.
Enforcement Officers conducted a six-day patrol of northern Southeast, Alaska, covering 846 miles. The communities of Juneau, Haines, Gustavus, and Kake were visited. Two charter lodges and one fish processor were visited. Nine charter vessels, six sport fishing vessels and one commercial Halibut vessel were boarded. One possible logbook violation was documented.