Law Office of Patrick Flanigan - Commercial Fishing Law

Law Office of
Patrick Flanigan
P.O. Box 42
Swarthmore, PA 19081-0042
Toll-free: 877-275-5191
Phone: 610-628-0539
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Commercial Fishing and Maritime Law, Employment Law

Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) Violations

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, more commonly known as the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), governs fisheries. The act is enforced by several government agencies, including:

If you have received a notice from any of these agencies, we can help you. At the Law Office of Patrick Flanigan, attorney Patrick Flanigan represents clients who are facing criminal, civil and administrative penalties under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. To schedule your free initial consultation, contact his fishing and maritime law office online or call the firm toll free at 877-275-5191.

NOAA, NMFS and the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA)

Patrick Flanigan represents clients who are accused of violating the Magnuson-Stevens Act, for example some of the issues are:

  • Fishing Vessel Trip Reports (FVTR) rand fishing limits: This includes poor record keeping, inaccurate reporting, violating trip and cumulative limits, and other violations.
  • Observer programs: Violations that include assaulting, harassing, or interfering with an observer and other related violations.
  • Closed area violations and boundary line incursions: This includes vessels crossing into closed areas or Marine Protected Areas and foreign fishing incursions.
  • Gear violations: Violations involving the use of unlawful gear in commercial fisheries and tampering with VMS equipment or data.
  • Every other issue involving NOAA, NMFS, or the FWS for state waters.

Patrick Flanigan fights to protect the rights of clients who are accused of any wrong, whether it is an administrative, civil, or criminal matter.

Having worked as a commercial fisherman, captain and vessel owner, attorney Patrick Flanigan understands the impact of a penalty or fine on your earnings and your livelihood. Contact his law firm online or call toll free at 877-275-5191 to schedule your free and confidential initial consultation with lawyer Patrick Flanigan.

For your convenience, Patrick Flanigan offers evening and weekend consultations. Contingent, hourly and other negotiated fee structures are available and may be customized to your needs.


The Law Office of Patrick Flanigan is a maritime law firm that represents clients nationwide. It serves clients in states along the eastern seaboard including Maryland, Massachusetts (including New Bedford, MA), New York and New Jersey (including Cape May, NJ), as well as Maine (including Portland, ME), Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Connecticut and Rhode Island; and the states of Alaska (including Kodiak Island and Dutch Harbor, AK), Louisiana, Alabama and California.