fisheries observer is being punished for sexually harassing and creating a
hostile work environment for another observer. Benjamin Lewis Michlig worked
for Saltwater Incorporated and Alaskan Observers Incorporated and is originally
to harassing another observer while living in a bunkhouse in Kodiak in
Office of Law Enforcement's Alaska Division issued Michlig a 10,000-dollar fine
with 9,000 suspended. He won't have to pay the suspended amount if, after five
years he has committed no similar offenses. He also is prohibited from working
as an observer anywhere in the country for the next 10 years.
In a written
statement, NOAA Special Agent Frank Bonadonna said it was important that the
entire commercial fishing industry understand that harassment of fisheries
observers will be punished, whether it's done by a vessel captain, crewman or
fisheries observers are responsible for collecting real-time catch and bycatch
data that is used to help manage fisheries in federal waters.