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Photo 1: Observer checks the dimensions of a net and its catch.
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The Enforcement Section coordinates and implements the NOAA General Counsel’s delegated authority as NOAA’s civil prosecutor.

The office prosecutes civil penalty cases, permit sanctions, and administrative forfeitures; provides support to the U.S. Department of Justice in prosecution of law enforcement cases in Federal courts and formulates NOAA’s position in such cases; establishes national law enforcement policy in conjunction with the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement and NOAA program offices; provides legal support to the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement and other NOAA offices, including the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, the Office of Protected Resources, and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries; and advises NOAA officials on specific enforcement cases and general enforcement trends and issues.

The office has fourteen attorneys, one paralegal specialist, and one support staff. James Landon is the Section Chief and he is supported by two Deputy Section Chiefs - Charles Green and Alexa Cole.

Contact Information

Enforcement Section
NOAA, Office of General Counsel
1315 East West Highway
SSMC3, Rm. 15405
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: 301-427-2202
Fax: 301-427-2211