FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Highlights For Cases In Brevard County
By Space Coast Daily // May 5, 2023
FWC OFFICERS NAIL perps using and transporting gill nets on Florida waters over a thousand feet long
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – 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.
■ Officer Specialist Marroquin was conducting patrol at the Christenson’s Landing Boat Ramp when he observed a vessel having difficulty docking. The operator showed signs of impairment during a vessel safety inspection and performed poorly on standardized field sobriety tasks. The subject was arrested and charged with boating under the influence and issued a civil penalty for refusing to provide a breath sample.
■ Officer Specialist Marroquin was on state water patrol in Turkey Creek to address several reports of individuals violating the idle speed zone when he observed a vessel with improper display. A vessel stop was conducted, and the operator was observed showing signs of impairment. The operator attempted to hide a large trash bag of beer cans during the stop and performed poorly on standardized field sobriety tasks. The subject was arrested and charged with boating under the influence and issued a civil penalty for refusing to provide a breath sample.
■ Officers Snyder, Balgo, Navarino, Parrish, and Hallsten teamed up with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Officer Hamilton to conduct a saturation detail on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The officers spent many hours enforcing littering, fisheries, and refuge specific rules. Highlights from the detail included cases for no fishing license, littering, undersized mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and snook, and harassment of manatees.
■ Officer Specialist Hallsten and Officer Parrish were patrolling the St. Johns River when they observed a vessel on the shoreline pulling in a large net. They watched the subjects hide the net in the woods and head back out on the water. Officer Hopkins conducted a resource inspection on the vessel while Officers Parrish and Hallsten went to the wooded area and located two gill nets concealed in the brush. The officers seized the gill nets and met with the subjects back at the boat ramp. The two subjects were arrested and charged with using and transporting gill nets on Florida waters. Both nets were over a thousand feet long.
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