FWC officers seize 40 undersized stone crab claws during search of vessel
(WWSB) - Florida Fish and Wildlife officers have issued a citation to the captain of a fishing vessel after discovering 40 undersized stone crab claws.
FWC didn’t name the area in which this incident took place.
While on water patrol, officers observed a commercial stone crab vessel inbound displaying an expired registration sticker. They stopped the vessel to address the violation and conducted a resource inspection. During the inspection, they located a bucket containing 40 undersized stone crab claws.
The captain of the vessel admitted to telling the deckhand to keep the undersized claws. The captain was issued a notice to appear for the undersized claws and a citation for the expired registration. The claws were seized and photographed for evidence then returned to the water.
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