The Law Enforcement Committee
The Law Enforcement Committee (LEC) is a standing committee of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and its duties are outlined in the Interstate Fisheries Management Program Charter. The LEC is a unique body of professionals in marine fisheries enforcement. It is comprised of representatives from each of the Commission's participating states and the District of Columbia. Members also represent NOAA Fisheries Service, the United States Coast Guard and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (see current roster and non-emergency/emergency contact list).
The LEC meets twice a year, during the Commission's annual and spring meetings.
Additional meetings and conference calls may be held as needed. The LEC provides
advice and guidance to Commission members and staff in the following areas:
- Provides input on the efficacy and enforceability of proposed regulations in
- Reports on effectiveness and recommends improvements for existing management plans.
- Brings emerging enforcement issues or concerns to the attention of the Commission.
- Provides a forum for the review and exchange of enforcement information and areas of concern.
- Provides a forum for coordinating law enforcement efforts across jurisdictions and for sharing resources.
- Considers needs and opportunities for enhancing stakeholder awareness of and compliance with Commission management plans and resulting regulations.
- Provides a unique opportunity for law enforcement officials to work together to explore new techniques, discuss funding and budget needs, provide advice and input to member states and agencies, and to consider long-term needs for marine fisheries management enforcement programs.
Reports to Species Management Boards
- American Eel
- American Lobster
- Atlantic Herring
- Atlantic Menhaden
- Atlantic Striped Bass
- Black Sea Bass
- Coastal Sharks
- Horseshoe Crab
- Jonah Crab
- Spiny Dogfish
- Summer Flounder
ASMFC Law Enforcement Committee Members Websites
- Mark Robson, LEC Coordinator
- Law Enforcement Committee
- Chair, Captain Steve Anthony, North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, Marine Patrol Section
- Vice-Chair, Captain Doug Messeck, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Natural Resources Police