April 27, 2012
Fisheries Law Enforcement: Status and Challenges
Law enforcement is a critical element of fisheries management, ensuring that participants comply with restrictions intended to protect fishery sustainability and the marine environment. Effective fisheries enforcement requires responsible agencies--namely the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and states enforcement bodies--to overcome challenges ranging from resource limitations to geography to regulatory complexity. Recent reforms have attempted to address weaknesses in the enforcement system and to improve the consistency and predictability of enforcement actions (e.g., see background documents).
In this café style session, panelists discussed the key challenges facing fisheries law enforcement agencies and the regulated industry, ongoing reform efforts, and what additional actions and solutions may be necessary to ensure that the system maximizes fisheries compliance.
- Read D. Porter, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute
- Ben Friedman, Deputy General Counsel, NOAA
- Dennis King, Research Professor, University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science
- Sam Martin, VP Operations, Atlantic Capes Fisheries Inc.
- Vince O’Shea, Executive Director, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
The 2012 Ocean Seminar Series is generously supported by the
Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation.
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