Federal fisheries violations found aboard five vessels near Oregon Inlet
Published 10:24 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch found five recreational fishing vessels fishing for highly migratory species without Federal Fisheries Permits. The violations were discovered during the routine boarding process over the weekend near Oregon Inlet, according to information from the Coast Guard. Names of the boats were not released.
Information from the Coast Guard released Tuesday evening stated incorrectly that the boats in violation were commercial.
Recreational 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.”
Information about fishing permits, including the acquisition process, can be found on the National Marine Fisheries Service website. Call 1-888-872-8862 with any questions.