Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lobster poachers sentenced

WCTV reports that six individuals were recently convicted for catching 922 lobsters late last year. They faced additional charges based on 1700 pounds of lobster tails discovered by investigators. An officer with Florida Fish and Wildlife commented on the illegal poaching of lobsters:
Those who respect and follow the rules want those who are exhausting and abusing the resources to pay. More than 1,700 pounds of lobster tails represents more than 1,000 times the legal bag limit for a mini-season sport dive. If everybody took half that many lobsters, there wouldn’t be any left.
According to the article, one of the convicted defendants will spend 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Additionally, he is prohibited from fishing for five years in many of the waters in and around South Florida. He and his wife also had to forfeit three vehicles and three boats; and they must sell two properties in the Florida Keys, including their residence.

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