>Crimial Prosecution Under the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act

>The Department of Justice issued a news release stating that Polembros Shipping LTD., a ship management company headquartered in Greece, pleaded guilty in federal court in New Orleans for violations of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act, the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, and the requirement to report hazardous conditions, as well as making false statements during a Coast Guard investigation of the M/V Theotokos.

This is reportedly the first prosecution under the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act.

The company has agreed to pay a criminal fine of $2.7 million and a separate $100,000 community service payment to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center for its marine invasive species program. The company will also serve three years probation, during which all ships owned or managed by the company will be barred from entering U.S. ports.