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Boater cited for lobster tails, dolphin fillets

Photo courtesy: My FWC
Photo courtesy: My FWC

BAHAMAS – Fish and wildlife officials cited a vessel operator with multiple violations and seized dozens of lobster tails that exceeded the limit, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Officer Ryan Church was conducting boating safety and fisheries inspections and stopped a vessel that appeared to be returning to the dock from a fishing trip.

The operator told Officer Church he made a trip to the Bahamas that morning.

Officer Church inspected the cooler on the boat's deck and saw multiple violations, including 37 wrung lobster tails (eight undersized) and several dolphin fish fillets, according to FFWCC.

Officer Church said he explained the possession limits for vessels returning from the Bahamas and cited the operator.

The lobster tails and fish were seized as evidence.

Click here to view FFWCC fishing regulations.