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NOAA Enforcement Deploys to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

Take a look through the lens as NOAA Enforcement personnel deploys to South Carolina for a week-long emergency support effort.
October 16, 2018 - Feature Story ,

NOAA Enforcement Officer Establishes Stronger Community Ties

A federal officer attended a tribal community event and, although his background and career choices may seem to have clashed, he was welcomed as family. Read the story to learn why.
September 20, 2018 - Feature Story ,

Reward offered for information in the case of a sea turtle with lethal head injury

The threatened loggerhead was discovered in southern Core Sound, near Smyrna, NC
September 07, 2018 - News ,

Hawaiʻi Visitor Fined for Harassing Protected Marine Animals on Kauaʻi

An Alabama resident has now paid a $1,500 summary settlement for touching a Hawaiian monk seal and harassing a sea turtle on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi. The man, who was vacationing on Kauaʻi in fall 2017, posted videos of his interactions with the...
August 24, 2018 - Feature Story ,
A person touch/harassing a Hawaiian monk seal with his/her hand.

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 ,

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 ,

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...
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...
November 30, 2017 - Feature Story ,
Green sea turtle