The Florida FWC Division of Law Enforcement reported the following recent activity:
Officer Allgood was conducting resource inspections at the Navy Point boat launch. He observed a vessel returning from fishing and carried out an inspection. Officer Allgood noticed a large red drum in the ship’s cooler. He measured the fish, and it was oversized. He issued a resource citation to the individual and grabbed the fish.
Officer Long conducted a resource inspection on a chartered vessel as it returned to shore. He found the ship’s operator in possession of an undersized ballista. Agent Long issued a citation for the violation.
Officers Jeter and Cushing were on patrol in Bayou Chico. Officer Jeter has conducted several marine fisheries inspections in the area. When Constable Jeter contacted the operator of one of the vessels returning to the ramp, he immediately advised that he had a large illegal amberjack on board. Subject also committed several boating safety and check-in violations. Officer Jeter issued a resource citation for the big amberjack closing season along with a registration violation and several other warnings.
Agent Cushing conducted a resource inspection of a chartered vessel that had just returned from a voyage. As Officer Cushing saluted the captain, he descended from the ship with a basket of vermilion snapper. Officer Cushing asked if there were any other fish on board and he said no. Officer Cushing found three more vermilion snappers in the cooler tucked in one corner. Two out of three were undersized. A citation was issued for the violation.
SANTA ROSA COUNTY
Officer Roberson was patrolling a boat launch on the Escambia River when he observed the recreation area had a catfish on the picnic table along with empty beer cans and a fire. Shortly after, Constable Roberson observed a vessel approaching the boat launch with four occupants. Officer Roberson contacted the individuals and inquired about the catfish on the table. They admitted to catching the catfish. They said they were hook and line fishing on the Escambia River and when asked what kind of bait they were using, they admitted to using sea bream on the hooks. The vessel operator agreed to take Constable Roberson to the river where their hooks were. Officer Roberson inspected their hooks and observed live sea bream being used as bait and the hooks did not display a name or address. Constable Roberson cited two of the individuals for using bream on hooks as bait.
Officer Lewis has concluded an investigation into a vehicle that was dumped in Blackwater River State Forest and used as a practice target in a clay quarry. Officer Lewis was able to track down the party responsible for the vehicle and charged it with violating Florida litter law. The manager pulled the vehicle out of the forest. Constable Roberson participated in the investigation.
Officer Lewis noticed a large amount of recreational activity in the primeval areas of the Blackwater River State Forest and directed his patrols to these areas. Constable Lewis subsequently issued five citations and 18 warnings for various violations.