NY Man Charged with
Violating Fishing Rules
for Summer Flounder
NMFS Northeast Region
N E W SGloucester, MA– A New York state man may have to pay a $15,000 fine for violating federal fishing rules intended to recover depleted stocks of summer flounder, also called "fluke."
NOAA alleges that on two occasions in 1996, William W. Reed, master of the fishing vessel Elizabeth J, home-ported in Montauk, submitted false information in logbooks, and failed to file these reports as required. This case is one of several stemming from investigation of illicit activities centered around Joseph H. Carter, Inc., a dealer at Fulton Fish Market.
These actions would be violations of rules established under federal law to rebuild fish stocks and allow sustainable fishing. In effect, such violations would conceal landings of summer flounder, which are managed using an annual quota, thereby undermining the usefulness of the quota for managing fish stocks.
Those named in the action may ask for a hearing before an administrative law judge. The alleged offenses are civil, not criminal. The initial finding by the administrative law judge may also be appealed to the NOAA Administrator and through the federal district courts.
NOAA is the federal agency that conducts research and carries out public policy concerning the nation's atmosphere and oceans. NOAA Fisheries carries out this mission focusing on living marine resources. The investigation was conducted by NOAA Fisheries special agents.