Parks & Braxton, PA Articles Two Miami Fishermen Cited for over 1,300 Counts of Misdemeanor Conservation Violations

Two Miami Fishermen Cited for over 1,300 Counts of Misdemeanor Conservation Violations

By Parks & Braxton, PA  Mar. 4, 2013 11:01a

Two 49-year-old men from Miami were cited after allegedly being found fishing in the Tortugas Ecological Reserve. The area was enacted as a no-fishing zone under the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary laws. According to reports by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers, the boat's vessel monitoring system signal alerted officers that a commercial boat was stopped within the no-fishing zone. According to law, commercial boats are allowed to traverse reserves but may not stop if they have fish aboard and may not fish in the area. The officers went to investigate after observing the tracking signal to be allegedly turned off and on in an effort to prevent tracking. FWC officers reported finding the boat's owner, E.F., and mate, J.G., "…actively harvesting yellowtail snapper by hook and line…" The report also indicated that the two men were surprised to see the FWC officers. The officers reportedly found 664 yellowtail snapper on board and there were lines with baited hooks in the water. Each man has been charged with 664 counts for the federal offense of illegally fishing in the area. The incident occurred about a week after a scientific report was published which described how many species, including yellowtail snapper, were increasing in population within the reserve. The two men could be facing thousands in fines for the incident. Don't hesitate to get the help of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney immediately after being charged or arrested for a crime.

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