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Illegal Catch Seized by Coast Guard and FWC
MIAMI — The Coast Guard and Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission seized 64 mangrove snappers and one undersized barracuda aboard the 22-foot recreational boat near Blackwater Sound, Monday.
kside boarding was conducted with FWC and the catch was seized.
The violations against the operator and passenger of the boat included two tickets for not having a fishing license and improper registration decal, four misdemeanors for fishing undersized snappers and being 45 fish over the bag limit and two warnings for fishing undersized barracudas.
A Station Islamorada Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcementcrew located the boat in Blackwater Sound. Through the course of the boarding, the boarding team discovered 64 mangrove snappers and one undersized barracuda. The boat was escorted to Gilberts Marina where a doc
"Boaters and fishermen are reminded to familiarize themselves with the fishing regulations to make sure they are complying with federal and state law," said Petty Officer 1st Class Rich Steidell, CoastGuard Station Islamorada.
The Coast Guard is a federal agency that protects our ocean environment and the marine life that inhabits it by enforcing domestic and international fisheries laws.
"Our partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard is an invaluable tool promoting public safety as well as natural resource protection," said Maj. Alfredo Escanio, FWC law enforcement regional commander. "Working together, we can ensure the availability of Florida’s natural resources for future generations."
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