- A 35-year-old Sunrise, Florida man was given a mandatory notice to appear in court citation Sunday for a litany of lobster violations.
Middle Keys Marine Deputy Willie Guerra spotted Eliecer Veloz Martinez diving without a dive flag near Fiesta Key around noon. A 13-year-old boy was with him. Guerra found the several wrung lobster tails in Martinez’s pockets and more lobster were found hidden in the mangroves. In all, he was found to be in possession of 36 undersized, wrung lobster tails. The 13-year-old was not cited as he was not seen harvesting or possessing any lobster.
Martinez had no fishing license nor lobster endorsement. He also possessed a homemade spear device used to harvest small lobsters.
Martinez was cited for harvesting lobster without a measuring device, possession of undersized lobster, possession of over-the-limit lobster, possession of speared lobster and possession of wrung lobster tails in the water.
For more information about lobster regulations go www.myfwc.com
- Deputy Guerra spotted a 30-year-old Miami man diving without a dive flag on the south end of the Bahia Honda Bridge at approximately 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Deputy Guerra observed him drop several lobsters from his waist line. The man had a speargun. Deputy Guerra approached and the man said he didn’t know that lobsters could not be speared. The man had three undersized lobsters. Rene Perez was given a mandatory notice to appear in court citation for possession of undersized lobster, possession of wrung lobster tails in the water, possession of speared lobster and having no measuring device while in the water.