Javiel Vergel & Eriel Menendez found with 468 illegal lobsters, according to wildlife officers

Hialeah residents Javiel Vergel and Eriel Casanas Menendez  were arrested on Sunday, June 2nd in Miami after authorities found 468 illegal lobster tails in their possession out of season, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

During lobster season  the legal limit is six lobsters per person.

Regular lobster season is August 6 through March 31. Also, lobsters must remain in whole condition and the tail from the body  should not be separated before bringing the lobster ashore, according to FWC regulations.

According to Florida Fish & Wildlife, of the illegally harvested lobsters, 283 were undersized, and one was an egg-bearing female.

Egg-bearing female lobsters are illegal to harvest in Florida.

The men also possessed one undersized stone crab claw and one queen conch. Queen conch are illegal to possess in state waters, according to FWC.

FWC received information from a local law enforcement agency regarding two men acting suspiciously while loading a boat onto a trailer at the Watson Island boat ramp.

When officers arrived they discovered a garbage bag full of lobster tails. Authorities say they also discovered more grocery bags full of spiny lobster tails stowed in various compartments on the vessel.

Vergel and Menendez face a multitude of misdemeanor charges, including possession of lobster tails out of season.

"The possession of more than 450 illegally harvested lobster tails is a serious violation," said FWC Maj. Alfredo Escanio, regional commander in a release. "


 

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