2 Men Charged With Poaching Nearly 500 Lobsters

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Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- Two men have been charged in Miami for poaching almost 500 spiny lobsters.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report says 37-year-old Javiel Vergel and 39-year-old Eriel Casana Menendez were arrested on Sunday on multiple misdemeanor charges, including possession of lobster tails out of season. It's not immediately known if they have an attorney.

The commission report released Friday says Vergel and Menendez "grossly exceeded" the daily bag limit of six lobsters per day per person, which is for the regular lobster season that runs Aug. 6 through March 31. Also, lobster tails can't be separated from the body before bringing them ashore. The men had 468 wrung lobster tails.

Another 283 lobsters were under size and one was an egg-bearing female which are illegal to harvest in Florida.

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