Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


The success or failure of fishery management plans (FMP's) is dependent upon many factors. One of those factors is the level of compliance to the regulations implementing the conservation and management decisions of the FMP's that is achieved. Although compliance with regulations does not guarantee the success of management efforts, failure to ensure adequate compliance with management objectives results in failed conservation and management efforts. Enforcement is a crucial element towards achieving conservation and management goals. The objective of this paper is to analyze the maritime fisheries enforcement system in the geographic bounds of the national marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) Northeast Region. The purpose of this analysis is to identify issues and shortcomings with maritime fisheries enforcement, and recommend feasible solutions to improve the enforcement system.