Federal Fisheries Violations Aboard 5 Vessels

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

July 17, 2019

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Public Affairs North

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Public Affairs North

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch found five commercial fishing vessels fishing for highly migratory species without Federal Fisheries Permits, a violation discovered during the routine boarding process over the weekend near Oregon Inlet, N.C.

Commercial fishing in federal waters without the appropriate permit violates the Magnuson-Stevens Act.  Fishermen found in violation of this act can be subject to fines up $3,750.

“Applying for and maintaining a Federal Fisheries Permit and abiding by appropriate catch limits facilitates NOAA's ability to regulate overfishing keeping the species healthy,” said Lt. Brittany Fifer, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fitch.

“The Federal Fisheries Permit program levels the playing field for all fisherman,” he added.

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