01 December 2013

• Long Island Commercial Fisherman, Dealer Cheated on Fluke Reports

“The defendants electronically submitted the 137 false dealer reports from Wertz’s desktop computer in New York, through an out-of-state internet server, to NOAA’s Regional Fisheries Administrator in Gloucester, Mass. Under NOAA regulations, all of the Norseman’s catch had to be reported to NOAA on FVTRs [fishing vessel trip reports].

”During the years 2009, 2010, and 2011, the Norseman principally targeted fluke. However, on multiple occasions the vessel exceeded its relevant federal and New York State quotas for fluke for 137 trips, totaling 86,080 pounds of fluke worth approximately $200,000.”

Read the full article at this link: eNewsPF.com

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