Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers Nail Commercial Offshore Fishing Vessel

By  //  September 12, 2016

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Clay McDonough, James Yetter and Jeff Luce got a big surprise when they boarded a commercial fishing vessel about 35 miles offshore. (FWC image)

(MyFWC) – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Clay McDonough, James Yetter and Jeff Luce got a big surprise when they boarded a commercial fishing vessel about 35 miles offshore.

A routine fisheries inspection revealed that the vessel was nearly 1,500 pounds over its combined limit of mutton snapper (914 pounds over) and snowy grouper (519 pounds over).

To add fuel to the flame, they also found another 137 pounds of red snapper fillets on board.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently issued a $14,000 notice of violation, in addition to the $6,000 worth of fish that was seized and sold at auction.

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