News Release

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Media contact: Rob Klepper, [email protected]

A month-long investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) into illegal activities by a Monroe County man resulted in multiple misdemeanor and felony counts as well as supported law-abiding commercial and recreational anglers.

“The suspect in this case was flagrantly violating trap and tag marking requirements, had committed numerous other commercial fishing violations and had established a one-sided financial arrangement with the victim in this case,” said Public Information Officer Bobby Dube. “Our job in these instances is to remove subjects from the water who are intent on violating Florida law, so law-abiding commercial fishermen don’t have to deal with this kind of unfair competition.”

In early October 2018, FWC Lt. Andy Cox and FWC Officer Justin Powell conducted a routine inspection at the trap yard of Luis Falcon (DOB 9/12/1950), of Little Torch Key. At the Summerland Key trap yard, officers discovered numerous traps and tags associated with a crawfish endorsement (spiny lobster) for Vicente Arencibia, another Monroe County commercial fisherman. Falcon indicated that he had Arencibia’s permission to use his crawfish endorsement, traps and tags.

Subsequent interactions over the course of a month, along

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