FWC Law Enforcement Report

August 16, 2014

The Florida FWC Division of Law Enforcement reported the following activity during the week ending August 14.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY

Officer Cushing was on vessel patrol in Escambia Bay when he observed what appeared to be a shrimp boat pulling two nets.  As Officer Cushing maneuvered his vessel closer to the rear of the shrimp boat, he realized that the shrimp boat was actually pulling three nets.  Measurements of the nets were taken and it was determined that all three nets were legal, measuring less than 500 square feet in total mesh area.  The captain of the vessel was issued a citation for pulling more than two nets.

Officers Hoomes and Manning were working the Bob Sikes Bridge for redfish violations.  The officers observed one subject catch and keep three redfish that appeared to be over the legal size limit of 27 inches.  The officers stopped the subject and found him in possession of three oversized redfish. The fish measured 35, 33 and 29 inches.  The subject was cited for possession of over the daily bag limit of redfish and for possession of oversized redfish. The three redfish were seized as evidence.

This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week;however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement. Information provided by FWC.

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