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FLORIDA FISHERMAN FINED FOR FALSIFYING PERMIT APPLICATION
On Dec. 9, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) settled a fishery violation case with Christopher S. Barbara of West Palm Beach, Fla. Barbara was fined $3,000 for falsifying information on a fishing permit application, in violation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Based on the information Barbara provided, NOAA Fisheries approved his application and issued several permits, including a commercial Spanish mackerel permit, to the fishing vessel Vamos.
Qualifications for receiving a commercial Spanish mackerel vessel permit are tied to earned income criteria by the applicant. Specifically, at least 25 percent of the applicant’s earned income (or at least $10,000), must have derived from commercial fishing (i.e., harvest and first sale of fish) or from charter fishing during one of the three calendar years preceding the application. Barbara did not meet this earned income requirement.
Office for Law Enforcement special agents from the Miami Field Office conducted an audit and investigation of Barbara’s application in Nov. 2001, and discovered that Barbara falsely certified that he had met the applicable earned income requirement for the requested permit.
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