Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers Nail Fish Poachers at Sebastian Inlet
By Space Coast Daily // March 2, 2018
OFFICERS saw bag with fish thrashing around inside the open trunk of vehicle
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following report highlights some cases the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission handled in Brevard County over the past week but does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Officer Matthews was on patrol at Sebastian Inlet State Park when he observed a group of subjects loading up their vehicle in the parking lot.
They had numerous items including fishing gear in their possession but denied having caught any fish. During a resource inspection, a bag began thrashing around inside the open trunk of the vehicle.
An oversized snook (34 inches) and several undersized sheepshead were found inside the bag. A citation was issued for the offense and the fish were returned to the water.
Two men arrested by Lieutenant Lightsey, Investigator Horst, and Officer Matthews were sentenced for numerous violations they committed in T.M. Goodwin Wildlife Management Area (WMA) last year.
The two men were found guilty of illegally entering a WMA, illegal take of frogs from T.M. Goodwin, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.
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