The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council recognizes the important role that law enforcement plays in the management of marine resources. While the Council does not have any enforcement authority, it does work closely with both state and federal law enforcement agencies when considering the implementation of fisheries regulations. The Council’s Law Enforcement Advisory Panel provides recommendations and guidance regarding enforcement issues associated with fisheries regulations and habitat protection.
The Council also recognizes the limitations of law enforcement agencies in patrolling and enforcing regulations in federal waters, ranging from 3 to 200 miles off the southeastern coast. NOAA Fisheries Office for Law Enforcement works closely with the U.S. Coast Guard to enforce federal regulations. In addition, Joint Enforcement Agreements (JEAs) allow state marine resource law enforcement personnel to share jurisdictional authority with federal agencies, and has helped with funding for these partnerships. However, the best line of defense in protecting marine resources remains self-compliance and reporting law enforcement violations to local and federal agencies.
To Report Violations:
NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Hotline:
NC Division of Marine Fisheries
Report state violations: 1-800/682-2632 (NC Only)
SC DNR – Marine Resources Division
Report state violations: 1-800/922-5431
GA DNR – Wildlife Resources Division
Report state violations: 1-800/241-4113
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Wildlife Alert Reward Program: 1-888/404-FWCC (3922) or online
Cell phone: *FWC