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NOAA Begins SIMP Enforcement

In December 2016, NOAA established the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), which set permitting, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements that are currently applicable to imports of 13 species (abalone, Atlantic cod, Pacific cod, blue crab, red king crab, dolphinfish (mahi mahi), grouper, red...
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NOAA Enforcement inspects a seafood import containter with a Customs Officer.

NOAA Enforcement inspects a conex with a Customs Officer.

Enforcement Focusing on Subsistence Fishing Violations

Subsistence halibut fishing is important for rural Alaskans. NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement personnel is increasing outreach efforts about the program.
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A halibut at the bottom of the ocean floor.

NOAA Enforcement works with partners to prevent lethal interactions between whales and fishing gear

Regulations have been put in place to reduce the risk of serious injury and death of large whales caused by entanglement in U.S. commercial trap/pot and gillnet fishing gear.
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A Right Whale and her calf swim in the Atlantic Ocean.

Immediate Action Saves Baby Beluga Whale

Successful Rescue Operation Requires Interagency Cooperation
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Man Sentenced to Prison for Beating Hawaiian Monk Seal

It took less than an hour for the video to go viral; less than two days for federal, state, and local authorities to make an arrest; and less than 15 months to resolve the case and send the guilty party to jail. On July 26, Shylo Akuna was sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty of...
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NOAA Fisheries photo of RK-30 sun bathing.

Two-Week Workshop Targets Capacity Building to Prevent IUU Fishing

Combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing is a global responsibility, but many countries lack sufficient knowledge and skills to be an effective partner in the fight against it. In order to address this, the United States has agreed to provide capacity building workshops with numerous...
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Before boarding a vessel, the inspection team (right) must conduct a perimeter check and take photos of vessel markers and gear.

NOAA Officers to Conduct Patrols During Halibut Fishing Opening

With a short halibut season, OLE hopes to assist with compliance to ensure fishery sustainability.
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Kid Hanging Out with a Trout

NOAA Enforcement, State Partners Focus on Red Snapper Enforcement Operations

Fines, Patrols Increase for Red Snapper Fishery - In order to better protect the red snapper fish stocks in the Southeast, NOAA Enforcement increases patrols and General Counsel increases fines associated with species violations.
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NOAA Law Enforcement Joins International Training Event Targeting Increased Maritime Enforcement Capabilities

To increase capabilities to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, OLE travels to Ghana with an invitation from the U.S. Department of Defense.
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Landing Reports Indicate Violations in Alaska’s Restricted Fishing Area

Halibut Fisherman Fined $5K for Sitka LAMP Fishing - Landing report identified illegal activity.
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