ORLEANS — The Coast Guard and multiple federal, state and local law enforcement
agencies conducted a three-day operation from March 15 to March 17 focused on
commercial fisheries along the Central Gulf Coast.
multi-agency operation ensured commercial fishing vessels along the Louisiana,
Texas and Mississippi Coasts were complying with federal vessel and commercial
fishing safety laws and regulations.
success of this operation is a direct result of invaluable partnerships with
our local, state and federal partners,” said Capt. Will Watson, commander of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans.
“Ensuring that we can manage and be good stewards of our nation’s living marine
resources is critical to our economy. It is also vital that marine species are
provided the protection necessary to help their populations recover to healthy,
three-day operation resulted in 40 vessel boardings, 24 violations — 15 of
which were living marine resources violations — and two recreational vessel
terminations due to safety violations. One boarding resulted in a bycatch
reduction devices violation and red snapper fisheries violations, which Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries assisted with.
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