Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers Cite Offenders For Undersized, Out of Season Fishing Violations
By Space Coast Daily // June 30, 2018
Citations were issued for the take of snook out of season
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 on early morning patrol, Lt. Lightsey saw a vessel returning from offshore.
After conducting a resource inspection, the men were found to be in possession of three undersized mutton snapper. A citation was issued for the offense.
While on foot patrol of a local causeway, Officer Balgo saw an individual cast netting from shore.
The officer approached the subject to conduct a resource inspection. The inspection revealed several undersized sheepshead. The subject was cited accordingly.
While on foot patrol along a local roadway, Officer Balgo saw several individuals along the shore fishing.
The officer approached the group to conduct a resource inspection. The inspection revealed a mesh bag containing an undersized black drum. Further inspection of the area resulted in a fillet being found with the skin still attached. The officer identified the fillet as that of a snook.
After interviewing the subjects, one man admitted to catching the snook with a cast net. Snook season is currently closed in the Atlantic and the use of cast net to take snook is prohibited. Citations were issued for the take of snook out of season, snook by illegal method, and possession of undersized black drum.
While on foot patrol in Port Canaveral, Officer Balgo saw a vessel returning from offshore.
The officer approached and performed a safety and resource inspection on the vessel. The inspection revealed several fillets of cobia and kingfish. The operator of the vessel was issued a citation for landing cobia not in whole condition.
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