Comm. Fishermen Receive Reparations

USCG/Dann Blackwood Acknowledging that some federal fisheries enforcement offciers “overstepped the bounds of propriety and fairness”, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is returning almost $650,000 in fines to 11 Northeast fishermen or businesses.

The unusual move—and apology—comes after years of accusations by fishermen of excessive fines and intimidation by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s office of Law Enforcement. Locke had appointed a special investigator last year to investigate 30 cases that a federal Inspector General’s office report said appeared problematic.

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