Thursday, February 14, 2008

Fishermen arrested for using gill net in Manatee River

Two fishermen were arrested on the Manatee River and their boat was seized after Florida officials found they were using an illegal gill net, according to ABC Action News. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that the net was 700 yards long and held several thousand pounds of fish. The Tampa Bay Tribune reports the same story here, and notes that the net was in the water approximately ten minutes and netted 500 pounds in that period of time. The wildlife commission sold the catch for about 50 cents a pound and will keep the money in an escrow account until the case is resolved. If found not guilty, the two men will get the money, and the gill net will be returned. Otherwise, the money will be used for law enforcement purposes and the net destroyed. A third report from Tampa Bay's 10 is available here.

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