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$543,000 Fine for civil infractions

NOAA has released an enforcement action summary of violations by Seattle-based American Seafoods Company factory trawler AMERICAN DYNASTY and issued a $543,000 Notice of Violation Assessment for 32 counts of Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act civil infractions. The infractions cited in the summary include failing to maintain or operate a flow scale for accurately weighing fish; submitting inaccurate or false data, statements, or reports; not complying with flow scale testing requirements; not providing information to an observer or not having an observer present; not complying with reporting requirements; failing to weigh catch; interfering with or biasing an observer’s sampling procedure; and not providing reasonable assistance. The charges are against the owner, manager and operator of AMERICAN DYNASTY.

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