Seven Suspects Charged With Illegally Harvesting Lobster Out of Season In Florida
By MyFWC // July 15, 2017
two-day lobster sport season is July 26-27
FLORIDA FISH & WILDLIFE – A trip to the Keys ended with a stop at the local jail for seven visitors caught taking advantage of marine resources and illegally harvesting lobster out of season.
A bag containing 137 out-of-season wrung spiny lobster tails which were illegally harvested by spear; four out-of-season stone crab claws; and eight reef fish fillets was discovered on their boat during a boating safety and resource inspection.
With consent from the suspects, our officers searched their rental house which revealed an additional 183 out-of-season spiny lobster tails; one out-of-season stone crab claw; and one undersize black grouper carcass.
A lot of their catch on the boat and in their rental house were undersized.
By abusing our important marine resources, these violators were taking opportunities away from responsible sportsmen.
All seven suspects were charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor counts.
The two-day lobster sport season is July 26-27, and the bag limit is six lobster per person, per day.
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