FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Highlights For Cases In Brevard County
By Space Coast Daily // August 24, 2023
FWC OFFICERS NAIL 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 Delano received intel about the illegal harvest of saw palmetto berries in the state park. Officer Delano identified a vehicle that matched the description. When the subjects returned, the officer observed freshly harvested saw palmetto berries in their possession. The subjects were cited accordingly, and the berries were returned to the state park.
■ Officer Delano was on patrol and encountered a truck with two bins of saw palmetto berries loaded on the back, some freshly cut. After conducting a resource inspection, it was determined the subjects were harvesting berries without the proper permits. The subject was cited accordingly.
■ While conducting a resource inspection on a vessel returning to Port Canaveral from offshore, Officer Specialist Balgo located four undersized dolphinfish and one undersized cobia inside a cooler. Citations for the undersized fish were issued accordingly.
■ Officer Specialist Balgo conducted a resource inspection on a vessel inside Port Canaveral. During the inspection, Officer Balgo found the vessel to be in possession of an undersized cobia. The operator was cited accordingly.
■ Officer Specialist Balgo observed vessel returning to Port Canaveral from offshore. During a resource inspection, Officer Balgo found several resource violations. These violations included: possession of undersized cobia, possession of undersized red grouper, and possession of two undersized gray triggerfish. Citations were issued accordingly.
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