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

Fishery Conservation Lawyer

Compliance with Federal Fishery Conservation Legislation

In an effort to preserve and protect natural resources in governed waters, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in conjunction with eight regional councils governs fishing management policy. If you are involved in the commercial fishing industry, you must take measures to ensure compliance with NMFS regulations to continue your fishing operations.

The Law Office of Patrick Flanigan works with owners and managers, nationwide, of commercial fishing operations to prepare and review fish management plans, to comply with federal legislation and to protect rights and interests in legal actions. Contact the firm online to schedule a free initial consultation or call toll free at 877-275-5191.

Regulating Fishery Conservation and Operations

One of the primary duties of the NMFS, under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, is to develop regional fishing regulations known as a  fishery management plan (FMP). Designed to govern specific fisheries, each FMP is developed by the regional management councils identified as:

  • New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC)
  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC)
  • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC)
  • Caribbean Fishery Management Council (CFMC)
  • Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GFMC)
  • Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC)
  • North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC)
  • Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (WPFMC)

Each regional fishery management council restricts fishing operations. From fishing permits to catch quotas to black box and gear requirements, regulations are in place to limit your opportunities.

Protecting Livelihoods in Cases of Violation

If a fishery operation fails to comply with the statutory and regulatory structure governed by NMFS, your continued operation is at risk. Consequences for violations may include seizure of harvest, civil fines and the loss of operating or fishing permits. If you have been served with a violation notice, such as a Notice of Violation and Assessment (NOVA) or a Notice of Permit Sanction (NOPS), you must take action quickly to protect your rights.

To protect your occupation, permit and earnings, it is essential to work with an attorney experienced in commercial fishing. Patrick Flanigan we will defend your rights when faced with NOVA, NOPS and other fishing violations.

Attorney Patrick Flanigan spent nearly 20 years working in the commercial fishing industry. He knows, firsthand, the impact fishery conservation measures can take on a person's livelihood. He also recognizes how serious the consequences can be for noncompliance.

Contact an Experienced Maritime Lawyer

The Law Office of Patrick Flanigan represents clients nationwide in commercial fishing and all other types of maritime matters. Contact the firm online or call toll free at 877-275-5191 to schedule your free and confidential initial consultation.

For your convenience, attorney 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.