Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Miami man arrested for lobster poaching

A Miami man accused of spearing lobster in a canal Monday afternoon was arrested by state wildlife officers, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission press release.

The FWC officers responded to a complaint from the charter dive boat Sea Dweller III at 1:30 p.m. in Port Largo Canal of a man spearfishing in the canal, reports say.

Jeremy Francis Wilmoth, 23, of Palm Beach County, was charged with 25 out-of-season lobsters, possession of 25 wrung tails in the water, possession of 18 undersized lobster tails, possession of two speared lobster and interference with a law enforcement officer.

All are misdemeanors.

He was also cited for having no dive flag displayed, no saltwater fishing license and no crawfish endorsement.

The catch, dive gear and speargun were seized by officers.

One officer in plain clothes responded and called an FWC boat to assist in keeping track of Wilmoth, who was detained when he got out of the water.

Wilmoth reportedly dumped the speargun and catch bag in the water, but officers retrieved both and took Wilmoth to Monroe County Detention Center on Plantation Key.

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