Department of Commerce

Department of Commerce

National Marine Fisheries Service of the Department of Commerce

In line with Katherine B. Killoran

about Department of Commerce in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The mission of National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), sometimes referred to as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, is to develop and enforce domestic fisheries regulations as specified by federal law, international agreements, and treaties. NMFS monitors both foreign and domestic compliance with these regulations inside the 200-mile United States Exclusive Economic Zone. The NMFS is committed to a sustainable use philosophy that attempts to balance commercial interests and recreational interests while preserving the health of United States marine resources. The NMFS Office for Law Enforcement (OLE) protects both commercial and recreational fishery resources, marine mammals, and other threatened or endangered species and manages the NOAA's 13 National Marine Sanctuaries. The NMFS receives an annual budget of approximately $700 million, with more than $50 million earmarked for enforcement and surveillance activities.

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