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Schoppmeyer Memorial Park in New Hampshire Honors NOAA Fisheries Special Agent

In July, the residents of Newmarket, NH named the Schoppmeyer Memorial Park in honor of NOAA Fisheries Special Agent Christopher "Schotzy" Schoppmeyer, who died in 2016.
August 06, 2018 - Feature Story ,
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NOAA Enforcement Taking Action Against Charter Halibut Fishing Violators

Snapshot of NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement efforts on compliance in the charter halibut fishing industry in Alaska and taking enforcement action when appropriate.
August 02, 2018 - Feature Story ,
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NOAA Officers to Conduct Patrols During Halibut Fishing Opening

With a short halibut season, OLE hopes to assist with compliance to ensure fishery sustainability.
June 26, 2018 - Feature Story ,
Kid Hanging Out with Halibut

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...
April 10, 2018 - Feature Story
NOAA Enforcement inspects a seafood import containter with a Customs Officer.

Men Fined for Capturing a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle

In October 2017, two visitors from the U.S. mainland sparked outrage when they posted a photo of themselves holding a Hawaiian green sea turtle (honu) on a Hawai‘i Island beach. The caption of the photo boasted: “Missing the time we risked a $20,000 fine to catch a sea turtle with our bare hands.”   Two...
November 30, 2017 - Feature Story ,
Green sea turtle

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.
November 06, 2017 - Feature Story ,
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.
November 06, 2017 - Feature Story ,
A Right Whale and her calf swim in the Atlantic Ocean.

Immediate Action Saves Baby Beluga Whale

Successful Rescue Operation Requires Interagency Cooperation
October 17, 2017 - Feature Story ,
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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...
August 01, 2017 - Feature Story ,

Tour Operator Fined for Harassing Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins

A judge fined a tour operator $2,500 for illegally harassing Hawaiian spinner dolphins. Natural resources officers with the State of Hawaiʻi investigated dolphin tour operator Casey Phillips Cho for harassing Hawaiian spinner dolphins, which is illegal under the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act....
August 01, 2017 - Feature Story ,
Spinner dolphin spinning out of the water.