From the article:
“This is one of the most far-reaching undercover operations on the northern Gulf Coast during the past 20 years,” said Capt. Leroy Alderson, FWC regional investigations supervisor. “Laws exist to protect marine resources, but the investigation showed pretty-blatant efforts to bypass those laws for profit.”
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NOAA and FWC investigators say the total commercial value of the fish involved exceeded $200,000.