Comments/Notes on Hearing-Level Process & Procedures (Optional):
It is important to note that if there is not a review requested of the Financial Division's chief, that decision is also appealable to a District Court. See 50 CFR 296.13.
"If more than one commercial fisherman suffers loss or damage from the same incident (for example, when several members of the crew lost income due to loss of fishing time), all claims should be submitted on their behalf by the owner or operator of the commercial fishing vessel involved." 50 CFR 296.5(d)
"The claimant has the burden to establish, by a preponderance of the evidence, all facts necessary to qualify his claim." 50 CFR 296.7(a)
"An award may also include compensation for reasonable fees paid by the claimant to an attorney, CPA, or other consultant for the preparation or prosecution of a claim." 50 CFR 296.8(d)