Northeast Regional Office Announcement

NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Region is strongly advising all dealers to meet the electronic dealer reporting requirements implemented on May 1, 2004.  The Region is reviewing compliance with the reporting regulations for every dealer permitted by the Northeast Region.  The agency will initially focus on submission of reports for each week and completeness of the reports.  Priority Law Enforcement actions will target dealers who appear to be the most egregious offenders, i.e., those that have the largest impact on the Agency's ability to assess and enforce regulations included in Amendment 13 to the Multispecies Fisheries Management Plan and to monitor landings of species (e.g., summer flounder and black sea bass) that are limited by in-season quotas.  Those dealers that do not comply with the law will be under investigation and may receive civil penalties including fines of up to $120,000.00 and permit sanctions.

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NOAA Fisheries
Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930
http://www.nero.noaa.gov
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