NAO 202-735B: RECREATIONAL FISHING FROM NOAA VESSELS, DISPOSAL OF FISH

NAO 202-735B: Recreational Fishing from NOAA Vessels, Disposal of Fish PDF

SECTION 1. PURPOSE.

This administrative order establishes NOAA policy with respect to the disposition of fish taken aboard NOAA vessels during scientific research or as a result of recreational fishing by off-duty crew members and others aboard NOAA vessels.

SECTION 2. BACKGROUND.

From time to time, questions have arisen concerning the disposition of fish taken aboard NOAA vessels in the course of scientific research or as a result of crew members' off-duty recreational fishing. While fish caught by NOAA vessels during scientific research are not subject to state law, 16 U.S.C. 745, and are not subject to the Magnuson Act's prohibitions, 16 U.S.C. 1802(10), these provisions do not insulate NOAA employees from other Federal, state and local laws.

SECTION 3. POLICY.

.01 Fish taken during scientific research. Fish caught by NOAA vessels during scientific research are Federal property. Those that are not required as scientific samples will be disposed of in the following manner:

02. Recreational fishing. Crew members, scientific parties, and others aboard NOAA vessels may engage in recreational fishing from such vessels with the captain's permission. Any such fishing must be in full compliance with the laws and regulations in effect in that locality. Fish caught recreationally may be consumed aboard the vessel or, with the permission of the captain, may be retained after the vessel returns to port if otherwise allowed by the laws and regulations applicable to private persons in that locality.

/S/

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce
for Oceans and Atmosphere

Office of Primary Interest:
National Marine Fisheries Service
Office of Management and Budget