Maritime – Fisheries Investigations
Maritime – Fisheries Investigations are offered as a specialty by Rain City Investigations.
Rain City Investigations possesses over 6 years of training, education, and experience in maritime – fisheries investigations. This training, education, and experience comes from previous employment as an Enforcement Officer with NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement. My services are available for specialized investigations dealing with civil and criminal issues that occur in these industries. I am able to assist with in-depth maritime and fisheries investigations including the following:
- Data collection
- Photography and/or video
- Records review
- Expert witness
Fisheries regulations are detailed, complex, and sometimes cancel out each other. This is on top of fisheries being changed on a moment’s notice. For example, a fishery can open or close within 24 hours. Or certain areas be open for fishing for a certain amount of fish, while other locations are different. And this doesn’t even cover the by-catch amounts that come into account.
The other aspect is the practice of civil asset forfeiture. This has been investigated by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of the Inspector General for the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement for prior abuses. This is a practice recently under fire for it’s possible abuses by other federal agencies. The government can seize your assets and cash with the vague belief it is used for illegal purposes, and the burden of proof lies on the defendant. The latest report on this is from the Drug Enforcement Agency. Rain City Investigations can do its best in battling this unfair practice.
Finally, new laws and court rulings are constantly changing the landscape of the fisheries industry. The latest ruling that drastically changes fishing enforcement actions considering fish to not be a tangible object. The practice of “fish dumping” was thrown out by the court as fish were not tangible objects based on the Sarbanes-Oxley law. (Story from NPR)