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Old 12-15-2008, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default Lobster poachers busted! Finally a big fine was handed out.

Lobster Violators Face Stiff Penalties
State wildlife and NOAA officers have been busy with lobster poachers in the Sunshine State.


Central Florida men pay heavy price for lobster hauls.

Daniel Webster and Garret Taynai, of the X-Stream charterboat out of New Smyrna Beach, paid $20,000 in federal fines for a recent illegal lobster harvest.



“The owner [Webster] and operator [Taynai] both violated the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Management Act by exceeding bag limits of lobster, wringing and spearing lobster, possessing egg-bearing lobster and possessing undersize lobster,” said NOAA Officer Richard Chesler.



Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers boarded and inspected the X-Stream fishing vessel on Sept. 14 in the Intracoastal Waterway near New Smyrna Beach. The boat and crew were returning from a dive trip 28 miles east of Ponce Inlet. The FWC officers found 42 legal spiny lobsters and reef fish in a cooler. Officers also discovered a bucket full of 20 wrung lobster tails. Eggs had been scraped off three of the tails, one tail was speared and one was short of the legal size limit—all violations. In addition, the vessel had 20 lobsters over the legal limit.









Because the lobsters were taken farther than nine miles offshore, FWC and NOAA officials agreed to federal prosecution. As part of the penalties, Webster and Taynai are prohibited from operating their charter fishing business for 30 days.



Keys commercial fishermen arrested for lobster violations.

State wildlife investigators arrested six men on Dec. 7 for possessing undersize and wrung lobster tails on the water. The six men aboard the El Dorado fishing vessel face misdemeanor charges in addition to considerable fines for possession of 249 wrung, undersize lobsters.



An FWC investigator patrolling the commercial fishing-trap yards in Marathon observed the men unloading bags from the El Dorado vessel—suspected to contain lobster tails—onto a pickup truck. Officers on the scene searched the truck and found two bags containing 249 wrung, undersize lobster tails underneath a tool box. The men were taken into custody.



“These 249 juvenile crawfish will never have the chance to normally produce thousands of offspring before they reach their legal harvest size,” said FWC Lt. Roy Payne. “The total damage to our state’s fishing resources is immeasurable.”

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Old 12-15-2008, 09:17 PM   #2
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Three cheers for the good guys!!!
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Old 12-16-2008, 11:56 AM   #3
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Sickning.. Glad they caught those scumbags..
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:56 PM   #5
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Am I missing something here?????
30-day suspension? WTF!! they contribute to ruining an industry and get a mini-vacation? Why not $1000/tail for first offense and confiscate boat for the next one. No questions, no alternative unless the boat owner wants to bail his boat out for $3000/tail or $50,000, whichever is greater.

30 day slap on the wrist....disgusting.
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:55 PM   #6
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bamaboy473 - 12/16/2008 Am I missing something here?????
While what they did is not uncommon, yes, you are likely "missing something here."

Assuming they had no previous convictions, a fine of $500/tail and a 30 day license suspension is adequate for the offense.

There are many fishing violation convictions greater than this where the penalty is far less.
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:52 PM   #7
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could you imagine if a deer or turkey hunter was over their limit by that amount, that would probably be heavy jail time, loss of truck, permeant loss of hunting rights, possible loss of house if the animals were in the house, felony conviction leading to loss of the right to buy guns, vote, possible loss of job...... I guess marine life is less valuable than wildlife!
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