FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Highlights For Cases In Brevard County
By Space Coast Daily // May 19, 2023
FWC OFFICERS NAIL FISH POACHERS
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 Snyder was on land patrol when he observed a vehicle driving in the wrong lane of traffic. He conducted a traffic stop and, through his investigation, determined the operator to be driving under the influence. The individual was arrested and cited accordingly.
■ Officer Specialist Balgo conducted a resource inspection on a vessel near Port Canaveral. The operator stated he was testing the boat and did not have any fish. Officer Balgo observed blood on the deck near a compartment and investigated further. He located three sharks, one being a prohibited scalloped hammerhead. The operator was also over his bag limit and vessel limit for sharks. Officer Balgo also located an undersized sheepshead. The operator was cited accordingly.
■ Officer Specialist Balgo observed individuals near State Road 520 and the Banana River with several cast nets and bait fish on the shore near them. A resource inspection located several undersized sheepshead being prepped for consumption. The individuals were cited appropriately.
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