The Coast Guard collaborated with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Office of Law Enforcement in Alaska, advising all fishermen to familiarise with the laws prior to going fishing and be compliant to them.
Accordingly, recent violations have included exceeding the possession limit of halibut, as well as illegally processing halibut catch while still on the water.
Violations can lead to financial penalties that can quickly put a damper on what would otherwise be a great day
… the USCG highlights.
Moreover, Lt. Drew Stafford, a fisheries enforcement officer for the 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau, noted that it is of a great importance to review the laws before going fishing, mostly in Alaska as the laws differ, depending on the region.
The Coast Guard will continue to work with NOAA, as well as other federal, state, and local law enforcement entities to ensure compliance with laws protecting the living marine resources that make Alaska such a special place.
In the meantime, Will Ellis, Assistant Director for NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement in Alaska commented that Anglers can reach out to their local OLE and ask any question they wish.
The Shipowners club recently published fishing vessel safety booklet, summarizing key safety tips for one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.
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