Commercial fishermen across eastern Carolina have been sounding off over enforcement of fisheries laws, saying it's putting their livelihood in jeopardy. Now there's a call for the man in charge of enforcing those laws to step down.
Third District Republican Congressman Walter Jones is among those calling on Dale Jones, the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Fisheries Law Enforcement - to resign his position.
The call comes after the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Commerce recently released the findings of its 7-month investigation which found "systemic nationwide" problems with the way NOAA enforces U.S. fisheries laws.
Congressmen Jones is also calling a hold on all active prosecutions of fishermen until problems are resolved.
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