Brevard Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers Protect Critical Wildlife Area, Bust Snook Poachers
By Space Coast Daily // July 8, 2018
three men arrested at Sebastian Inlet State Park
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 patrol, Officers Cybula and Delano saw people in the BC49 Critical Wildlife Area (CWA).
This area is full of nesting birds this time of year. Due to the imperiled species found here, the area is clearly marked alerting the public that access is prohibited.
After speaking with the people, a citation was issued for violation of the CWA.
Lt. Lightsey and Officer Cybula participated in a non-jury trial where a man was found guilty of violating the BC49 Critical Wildlife Area.
The violator received fines totaling $371 and must perform 20 hours of community service.
While on patrol of Sebastian Inlet State Park, Officer Dubose saw four men fishing.
Once the men began to leave the area, the officer approached to conduct a resource inspection. His inspection revealed one snook that was gutted and missing its head. Snook season is closed in the Atlantic from June 1st to August 31st.
A citation was issued for possession of snook out of season.
Officer Matthews conducted surveillance on a group of men fishing at Sebastian Inlet State Park.
The group was fishing in an area common for snook violations. After watching the men for some time, they began to pack up to leave. They walked and looked around to see if any officers were in the area and quickly loaded their vehicle.
Officer Matthews approached the men who were alerted to his presence. The men reversed their vehicle and threw a bag into a wooded area. After finally getting the vehicle to stop, Officer Matthews located the bag containing two out of season snook and one over the slot size redfish.
Due to the men’s history of resource violations and failure to allow inspection, all three men were arrested. Charges included two counts of possession of snook out of season, one count of possession of oversized redfish and one count each for failure to allow inspection by an FWC officer.
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