FWC Confiscates 130 Wrung Lobsters From Poachers After Vessel Stop, Captain and Crew Arrested

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Officers also found 89 stone crab claws, with 25 of claws being undersized

During a vessel stop and subsequent dockside inspection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers found 130 wrung lobster tails with more than 100 of them undersized. (FWC image)

The captain and crew members were arrested, transported to jail and charged for their violations

(FWC) – During a vessel stop and subsequent dockside inspection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers found 130 wrung lobster tails with more than 100 of them undersized.

Officers also discovered 89 stone crab claws of which 25 of the claws were undersized.

The lobster tails and stone crab claws were hidden in a wet black bag in the cabin of the commercial vessel.

The captain and crew members were arrested, transported to jail and charged for their violations.

The money collected from saltwater fishing licenses and permits is used to improve and restore fish habitat and for marine fisheries research, law enforcement and public education on marine resources.

Recreational licenses and permits, including reprints, are available at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, tax collectors’ offices, license agents, or by calling toll-free 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356).

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