Resource violations mar mini-season
There were a number of resource violations from the first day of mini-season. There are still some reports incomplete, but here is the information that is available so far:
Omar Lago, 47, of Hialeah, Florida was charged with 21 wrung tails and 15 tails over his limit. Sgt. Dennis Coleman was at Long Key Bridge at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday. Lago was getting out of the water. The sergeant stopped to check Lago’s catch. In a cooler in the back of his truck were 21 wrung tails. Lago admitted to wringing the tails while on the water. The tails were donated to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon.
Jorge Quintana Basulto, 35, of Miami was charged with possessing three speared lobster and resisting an officer. At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Deputy Wilfredo Guerra approached him at Tom’s Harbor Cut bridge because he was diving without a dive flag. He dropped his spear gun and began so swim away. He also dropped what looked like several lobster tails into the current. He was ordered out of the water. He was found to have three speared lobster in a cooler on shore.
Michael Demchak, 37, of Ormond Beach, Florida was charged with two undersized lobster and two queen conch. Deputy Anthony O’Dea was at Knights Key Campground at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. He saw Demchak and two friends docked there. When he checked their catch, he found the two undersized lobster and the two Queen Conch. Upon questioning, it appears that Demchak was not measuring the lobster correctly; he also told the deputy he was not aware it was illegal to take the conch.