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Lobster poaching starts early

Discussion in 'Scuba Related Court Cases' started by Wookie, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. Wookie

    Wookie ScubaBoard Business Sponsor Staff Member ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Men cited for multiple lobster violations

    A father and son visiting the Florida Keys from South Carolina were issued multiple citations on Friday for taking lobster illegally prior to the start of lobster season. The 2018 lobster mini season does not start until 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Regular seasons does not begin until Aug. 6.

    Every year, the Sheriff’s Office typically sees some violators attempting to get an illegal jump start on mini season.

    On Friday, Marine Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was on patrol near Toms Harbor Channel Bridge, bayside, at Mile Marker 60.5. Deputy Guerra was patrolling using a personal watercraft donated to the Sheriff’s Office by Riva Motorsports & Marine of the Keys in Key Largo. The business donates the Yamaha WaveRunners each year to be used for law enforcement purposes such as this.

    Deputy Guerra saw two males with spears, who appeared to be spearing lobsters. Spearing lobsters is illegal at all times in Monroe County.

    He identified the men as Peter Verdi, 52, and son Isaac Verdi, 18, both from South Carolina. Marine Deputy Guerra inspected their dive bags. Both bags revealed a total of eight undersized, illegally wrung and out-of-season lobster. An inspection of their cooler revealed four more speared and undersized mangrove snapper.

    Both were issued notices to appear in court for a total of 10 citations, including having no fishing license, no lobster endorsements and no dive flag.

    Sheriff Rick Ramsay reminds all visitors and residents that deputies will be out in-force this week enforcing our states wildlife laws.
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  2. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Solo Diver

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    It seems as if every year you can count on a death or two from divers who weren't prepared to dive and also several poachers arriving before the mini season. It's too bad we can't combine them and have the poachers become the dead divers.
     
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  3. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    Out of state, no license, out of season game, undersize lobster and fish, no dive flag

    What is the expected fine?
    loss of boat and equipment plus hefty fine ? or a gentle slap on the wrist?
    Remember well --- Poaches have rights too...????????

    I guess the question is WHY would a person poach ?

    SDM
     
  4. Wookie

    Wookie ScubaBoard Business Sponsor Staff Member ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Misdemeanor (less than 25 lobsters) is $500 and 60 days. Over 25 (they don't call it a felony) is $1000 and a year in the clink. Revocation of license that they didn't have anyway for lifetime, appealable after 10 years.

    As to why? Didn't think they would get caught, didn't care that the rest of us follow the rules and think we're all stupid, wanted to get a jump on Mini-season, didn't know that there was a season, didn't care that there was a season, I've heard a million of them.
     
  5. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    NorCal abalone is worth big bucks, but I couldn't see a big market in undersized lobster.

    I guess they must just be pi** poor hunters.


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  6. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    What about no dive flag ?
    Apparently Florida is very strict on a dive flag

    No flag -- Fine ?

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  7. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    Any bets that it was already revolved in a prior proceeding.

    Bob
     
  8. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich Solo Diver

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    Can’t cure stupid. $1,000 bucks might trigger a few extra neurons to fire....

    Hang the first and the rest will get the idea.....
     
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  9. Johnoly

    Johnoly Solo Diver

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    IF they do appear.......second degree misdemeanor and up to $250 fine.
    But in many of these types of cases from out of state visitors they 'fail to appear' cause it's an extra trip/costs to come back. This year the judges have been handing out the max fines/penalties. If they fail to appear, the judge 'can' issue a bench warrant which just kinda lays in wait {never expires too} until they get stopped usually for a traffic violation and then have to post bail in their home state for 'failure to appear'. New job background checks do some damage too cause it will pop up and then you are non-hireable cause open warrants. Add in credit applications, residence lease checks, and others don't make it worth it either.

    The new laws really have some bite and the LEO's are really on it this year.
     
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  10. TrimixToo

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    IIRC, the definition of "felony" is *more* that one year in jail.
     

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