The Daytona Beach News Journal reports on the discovery and seizure of two hauls of red snapper within the past month. In one case, 51 red snapper were discovered in a secret compartment below a boats deck and in another a cooler with 126 red snapper was found on a sports fishing vessel.
According to the article, both catches exceeded state limits and included many undersized fish. The article goes on to paint a picture wherein these two cases may only be the tip of the iceberg in terms of violations of red snapper fishing restrictions. Part of the problem involves a lack of enforcement officers. Low fines and differing rules between Atlantic and Gulf Coast size restrictions that allows paper trails to be falsified also contribute to the problem.