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NOAA Proposes $543,500 Fine for F/V AMERICAN DYNASTY

On August 7, NOAA released an enforcement action summary which includes a summary of violations by Seattle-based American Seafoods Company factory trawler AMERICAN DYNASTY. NOAA issued a $543,500 Notice of Violation Assessment for 32 counts of Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act civil infractions. The infractions cited in the summary include failing to maintain or operate a flow scale for accurately weighing fish; submitting inaccurate or false data, statements, or reports; not complying with flow scale testing requirements; not providing information to an observer or not having an observer present; not complying with reporting requirements; failing to weigh catch; interfering with or biasing an observer's sampling procedure; and not providing reasonable assistance. The charges are against the owner, manager and operator of AMERICAN DYNASTY.

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act is governs U.S. fisheries management, including international fishing agreements, protecting fish habitats, monitoring ecological impacts, developing fisheries, and setting catch limits to offset overfishing. The Magnuson-Stevens Act is one of the laws that NOAA enforces, using fisheries observers. These observers board fishing vessels, sometimes staying aboard for days or months, in order to monitor and report on fishing and transport practices.

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