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Agencies collaborate in fishing vessel violation

The Coast Guard and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration issued a violation to a Gloucester, Mass.,-based fishing vessel for a significant fisheries infraction on Tuesday.

The vessel was issued the violation for allegedly fishing for Northeast Multispecies in the United States Exclusive Economic Zone while utilizing a net liner, an illegal fishing gear configuration.

“This is the second violation we have issued for net liner usage this year to a vessel targeting Northeast Multispecies,” said

Capt. Peter DeCola, chief of law enforcement in the 1st Coast Guard District. “Intentional net liner usage and similar illegal gear configurations allow an individual vessel to gain an unfair competitive advantage over fishermen abiding by regulations. These regulations are designed to ensure sustainable fishing for all.”

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