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Father and Son arrested and charged with poaching corals in FL


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"It" is not illegal.

 

Targeting restricted species (stonies) and having more than your daily limit is illegal. Same with fishing any waters in the US.

 

Edit: Read what the article says they are charged with:

 

Both men face charges of possession of hard and stony corals. Joseph Fitzgerald also faces charges of possession of marine life without a circulating live well and possession of over the recreational bag limit of marine life. All the charges are second-degree misdemeanors.

 

Judging by that, you can collect softies as long as you stay under the limit (with, IIRC, is 6 varieties and less than 10 polyps of each variety, per day. But it's been a while since I've checked.)

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"It" is not illegal.

 

Targeting restricted species and having more than your daily limit is illegal. Same with fishing any waters in the US.

 

Edit: Read what the article says they are charged with:

 

 

If you collect the wrong species or take more then the allowed amount and do not have the correct equipment permitting it is "ILLEGAL"

 

I live here and would never take from the reef, I know Fish and Wildlife officers and they are allowed to take everything if you don't have the permits and they don't like you your arrested. You need permits to collect anything from the Florida Waters. All the reefs are PROTECTED and are ENDANGERED here.

 

ALSO SAYS "MARINE LIFE" Could include anything other then stonies.

 

They just don't specify.

 

Both men face charges of possession of hard and stony corals. Joseph Fitzgerald also faces charges of possession of marine life without a circulating live well and possession of over the recreational bag limit of marine life. All the charges are second-degree misdemeanors.

 

Right from the article. Never states if they are fish, crabs, softies etc.

 

Moral of the story "DONT TAKE FROM THE REEF" That's what the LFS is for, let them do the finding. That way you don't s#$%^ up and get caught.

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The thread title says "poaching corals." What are "softies"? Soft corals. Just because some people do not follow restrictions does not mean others who have an opportunity for legal collection should be too afraid to even attempt it.

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The thread title says "poaching corals." What are "softies"? Soft corals. Just because some people do not follow restrictions does not mean others who have an opportunity for legal collection should be too afraid to even attempt it.

 

+1

 

As long as you follow the rules and regulations stated by the Florida wildlife department you will be fine. But break the rules, and you can get into trouble.

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According to the FWC 2012 fishing regulations, the collection up to 6 Soft Corals (Otcocorals) colonies with a 1" peice of base rock is permited per day. Additionally, the collection of Hydroids (with the exclusion of fire coral), anemonies (zoanthids falling in this catagory), and Sea fans (with the exclusion of venus and purple sea fans) is permitted.The only corals that can't be collected are Stoney corals.Additionally, marine life refers to organisms which are being collected to be kept in captivity (usually).

 

It's fine to collect specimens from local waters, so long as you do it legally and sustainably. These laws are created to protect the reef inhabitants, NOT to generate revenue for the FWC (who aren't terrible people, FYI).

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