NOAA 2004-R114
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NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) announced today that Ronald Ringen, the owner and operator of the FV Survivor, has been issued a $96,750 Notice of Violation and Assessment (NOVA) for multiple violations of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The violations include filing false vessel reports, selling to non-permitted dealers, fishing with improperly marked gear and the dumping of fish parts or other matter in the presence of a special agent from NOAA’s Office for Law Enforcement.

NOAA’s Office of General Counsel for Enforcement and Litigation issued the NOVA and a permit sanction on Feb. 26, 2004. The permit sanction restricts the operator from fishing for federally regulated species for 120 days.

Records confirmed that Ringen filed false vessel trip reports from Dec. 12, 2001 through April 8, 2002. When approached on May 6, 2002, by an OLE special agent, he disposed of the contents of a bucket, preventing the agent from inspecting the catch.

Crew from the Freeport, N.Y., fishing vessel also sold American lobsters to two non-permitted dealers and black sea bass to a fish company that did not have a valid permit to purchase the sea bass.

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