Sunday, December 14, 2008

Traffic Stop Yields Illegal Sea Catch

I really can't stand to see when people abuse the catch laws. Deputies have been really cracking down this year on lobster violations. I have breakfast quite often with a marine patrol friend of mine and he says some of the violations they have seen this season have been some of the worst.That being said, I do miss the days when conch were plentiful and you could easily grab a meal and a beautiful souvenir with a quick jump in the water.

I saw this article in this morning.

"Traffic stop yields illegal sea catch


Sheriff's deputies confiscated illegal sea catch and arrested a man in a traffic stop Friday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Office. A 45-year-old man from Marathon was charged with four counts of violating saltwater fishing regulations, all misdemeanors. Deputies reportedly found in a cooler 410 lobster tails, 382 of which were too small, a goliath grouper and an undersized stone crab claw. It is illegal to catch goliath grouper.A deputy had stopped the man about 2:20 p.m. at Mile Marker 88 for allegedly passing in the center turn lane and weaving in and out of traffic. As the officer approached the 2005 Toyota Tacoma, he saw the driver trying to hide something behind his seat, reports say.The man allegedly admitted that he had lobster in the cooler and said he was going to sell it in Miami.Another deputy arrived as backup, and the two reportedly found the illegal catch in the cooler.The man was arrested and booked into jail."

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