FWC Officers Bust Two Perps, Find Illegal Gill Net Filled With Sharks, Redfish and Other Species

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The suspects were booked into County Jail on felony and misdemeanor charges

For months, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers observed suspicious activity near Gandy Beach in Pinellas County, as well as received anonymous tips through the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline regarding illegal fishing. (FWC image)

(FWC) – For months, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers observed suspicious activity near Gandy Beach in Pinellas County, as well as received anonymous tips through the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline regarding illegal fishing.

With numerous personnel set up in different locations both on land and water, they were able to find a gill net that two subjects had stretched out in the bay.

When the subjects went to retrieve their gill net, officers exited the mangroves and detained them. Located in their gill net on the vessel were multiple snook, redfish, sharks, and other species, as well as a deceased juvenile bottlenose dolphin.

The suspects were booked into the Pinellas County Jail on numerous felony and misdemeanor charges.

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