Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers In Brevard Assist U.S. Coast Guard During ‘Operation Gatekeeper’
By Space Coast Daily // March 25, 2018
targeted enforcement action plan 'Safety Sailboat'
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 Hallsten was observing fishermen at Haulover Canal when he saw a subject catch a very large redfish and quickly put it in his vehicle.
The subject packed up his fishing equipment quickly and left. Officer Hallsten conducted a traffic stop for a resource inspection and found that the redfish was 37 ½ inches.
Officer Hallsten issued a citation for possession of oversized redfish.
During the second week of March, Officer Humphrey put together targeted enforcement action plan (TEA) named “Safety Sailboat” to assist the U.S. Coast Guard during their annual Operation Gatekeeper detail.
This detail was organized to conduct boating safety and marine sanitation device inspections on transit live aboard vessels.
FWC Officers Humphrey, Balgo, Miller, Maslo, Wehner, Rasey, Hallsten, Eller and multiple Coast Guard boarding officers conducted more than 30 boardings to include 70 user checks, 27 warnings, 4 citations (3 for discharge of human waste into state waters), 4 verbal warnings and one disabled vessel assist.
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