Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Allegations of Red Snapper black market

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.

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