Two commercial fisherman were arrested Monday on charges of possession of dozens of wrung and undersized spiny lobsters, and of being over the bag limit by more than 70 lobsters.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers arrested Tri T. Dao, 48, and Dung Van Tran, 49, after an at-sea inspection found 85 wrung lobster tails and 59 undersized lobsters aboard the commercial vessel, the Captain Brandon. Both men are from Texas.
According to an FWC arrest affidavit, four officers boarded the boat and found three gallon-sized bags containing the wrung tails. The captain of the vessel, Hai Van Vo, told the officers that Dao and Tran “caught, cooked and stored the wrung lobster tails,” Officer Michael Alvarez wrote in his report.
The personal bag limit for Florida spiny lobsters is six each, so, Dao and Tran exceeded the limit by 73, according to Alvarez’s report. The Capt. Brandon is a shrimp fishing boat, so the lobsters were not part of a commercial haul, said FWC Officer Bobby Dube, the agency’s spokesman in the Keys.
Each man was booked into Key West jail on 85 counts of possession of wrung lobsters, 59 counts of possession of undersized lobsters and 73 counts of being over the bag limit. They are each being held on a $108,500 bond.
“The case will be presented to the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office and more charges are pending,” Dube said.
The captain was cited for marine sanitation device violations in state waters Dube said.
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