Law Enforcement/For-Hire Workshop

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council hosted a workshop November 13-14, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA to identify issues related to law enforcement in for-hire fisheries and sale by recreational anglers of tilefish and tuna and to develop potential solutions. Specifically, the workshop addressed: (1) Operator versus angler (client) responsibility for fisheries violations that occur on for-hire vessels and law enforcement options for addressing these; (2) Issues related to the sale of fish by private recreational anglers (particularly golden tilefish and tunas) focusing on the need for vessels selling fish to comply with U.S. Coast Guard requirements and/or Federal permits that allow for the sale of fish; and (3) Complexity of fishing regulations impacting enforceability. Recommendations coming from this workshop will be presented during the Council’s December meeting for formal discussion and action if feasible and warranted.

Workshop Materials



For more information, contact Andrew Loftus, (410) 295-5997,