Dale Jones, the head of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Law Enforcement who was accused of document shredding during an investigation by the Commerce Department’s inspector general, has been removed from his position, according to April 8 press releases from both Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and the nonprofit organization Saving Seafood.

Eric Schwaab, assistant administrator for fisheries, announced that effective immediately, he was reassigning Alan Risenhoover, director of the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, to serve as the interim director of the Office of Law Enforcement, according to the Saving Seafood press release.

The federal investigation came after Northeast fishermen complained of alleged unfair treatment, and state legislators in Massachusetts and North Carolina asked their federal counterparts to request a formal investigation.

The investigation found the appearance of alleged arbitrary enforcement and couldn’t account for how fines collected from fishermen were spent, according to the press release.

Snowe called the action “vindication to the thousands of Northeast fishermen who bore the brunt of the egregious mismanagement recently discovered within all levels of NOAA’s law enforcement community.”

There was no word on whether NOAA had changed its previously stated position not to reopen cases prosecuted under Jones’ leadership; however, Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, has reiterated his request for “a delay in active prosecutions on NOAA enforcement actions which may be tainted by the problems within NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement,” according to the press release.