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    A review of how the nation's fisheries are policed found Northeast fishermen were given double the fines of other regions and urged reforms to make the penalty process appear "less arbitrary and unfair." The report released Thursday by the Commerce Department's inspector general followed persistent complaints by New England fisherman.

    On Thursday, NOAA announced various steps aimed at ensuring fairness, including revising regulations, developing an internal policy manual and improving communications with regional management councils, especially in the Northeast. It also said it would convene a national summit on its enforcement policies.

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    washingtonpost.com



    Seal of the NOAA Commissioned Corps

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, pronounced /ˈno(ʊ).ə/, like "noah") is a scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA warns of dangerous weather, charts seas and skies, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to improve understanding and stewardship of the environment. In addition to its civilian employees, NOAA research and operations are supported by 300 uniformed service members who make up the NOAA Corps. The current Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere at the Department of Commerce, and the agency's Administrator, is Dr. Jane Lubchenco, nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate on March 19, 2009.
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