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FWC catches snorkelers spearfishing illegally in upper Keys

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Media contact: Officer Bobby Dube, 305-684-8703; Liz Barraco, 850-556-2269

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) protects marine resources in the upper Keys in many ways. Sometimes a water patrol turns up suspicious activity.

Officer Danielle Munkelt caught four people who were spearfishing illegally on Tuesday. She spotted a group of snorkelers along the shoreline at the Channel 5 Bridge near Craig Key. After talking with them and then detecting discrepancies in their stories, she discovered a speared, undersized, out-of-season snook and five speared lobster onboard. Munkelt also retrieved a pole spear from the water.

The fish and lobster were seized and two subjects were charged with misdemeanors, including undersized and out-of-season snook, speared snook, spearfishing in the Upper Keys, undersized lobster and speared lobster.

They face up to 60 days in jail and/or up to $500 in fines for each violation.

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