A Miami-Dade County man was given a mandatory notice to appear in court citation Saturday for possessing protected conch.
Marine Deputy Willie Guerra was on patrol near Sunshine Key at Mile Marker 38 at approximately 6 p.m. when he saw two men dragging a canoe with fishing rods inside.
Both men denied having any fish or other wildlife. Deputy Guerra spotted four live queen conchs inside the canoe. One of the men — 31-year-old Markus Dyer — stated he didn’t know the conch were alive. The other man denied taking any of the conch.
Dyer was cited and the conch were returned to the water.