Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers Conduct Vessel Inspections in Port Canaveral
By Space Coast Daily // December 21, 2017
FWC report highlights some cases in Brevard County
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 – While performing vessel inspections in Port Canaveral, Officer Balgo encountered a vessel with numerous fishery and boating safety violations.
Two undersized mutton snapper, one undersized black grouper, and one undersized mangrove snapper were located onboard the vessel. The vessel owner/operator was issued several citations for the violations.
Officer Rasey received a Wildlife Alert call about subjects taking over the bag limit of oversized black drum in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and located a truck matching the description of the possible suspected vehicle and subject.
An inspection of a cooler in the truck bed revealed only alcoholic beverages. Next to the cooler was a blanket which contained three black drum hidden beneath it. All fish measured over 30 inches in length. The subject received a citation for possession of more than one black drum greater than 24 inches.
Officer Cybula received a complaint of anglers taking oversized redfish from Sebastian Inlet’s north jetty.
Once in the area, the officer began conducting resource inspections. One subject was found to be in possession of an oversized redfish and was issued a citation.
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