National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Violations and Enforcement
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are federal agencies that manage the fisheries. If you have received notice of a violation from a NOAA or other agent, you could face heavy fines and jail, if charged criminally. It is important to act quickly with these types of issues.
Patrick Flanigan provides administrative, civil, and criminal representation to clients who are accused of violating fishing and maritime law under federal and state laws. Attorney Patrick Flanigan is a former commercial scallop fisherman, deck hand, cook, engineer, first mate, boat captain and vessel owner, who fished the deep waters from Maine to Virginia, Oregon and Alaska. He has the knowledge, insight and experience to help you with your commercial fishing and maritime issues.
NOAA and NMFS Enforcement and Federal Fishing Law
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) enforces more than 30 federal statutes, as an example:
- Magnuson-Stevens Act
- Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act
- Lacey Act
- National Marine Sanctuaries Act
- Northern Pacific Halibut Act
- Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention Act
On a national scale, NOAA manages and regulates fisheries, fish stocks and fish complexes. They also protect endangered or threatened marine species. They do this by monitoring and enforcing:
- Fishing limits and overfishing
- Observer programs and catch share programs
- Fishing gear used by commercial fisherman and recreational fisherman
- Mislabeling of seafood
- Bycatch reduction
- Closed areas and habitats
- Interactions between marine mammals
- Fish tracking and verification
If you are facing an enforcement action by NOAA, attorney Patrick Flanigan can help you protect your permit, occupation and your earnings. The Law Office of Patrick Flanigan represents clients nationwide in commercial fishing and all other types of maritime matters. Contact a lawyer online or call the firm toll free at 877-275-5191 to schedule your free and confidential initial consultation.
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