Bay County Man Fined for Shark Fin, Shark Meat Sales

By: FWC Release
By: FWC Release

A Panama City Beach man has been found guilty on 13 charges in Bay County Court for illegally selling shark fins, shark meat and king mackerel.

Harold Hix (DOB 08/27/44) must pay a $650 fine and serve 12 months probation.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators say Hix routinely fished from both the Panama City Beach City Pier and the nearby county pier, where he caught several species of large, coastal sharks. He then sold both the fins and meat to FWC undercover investigators.

Capt. Bruce Cooper, leader of the FWC’s Investigations Section in Northwest Florida, said, “No recreational anglers may sell sharks or parts of sharks unless they are properly licensed. Those who are licensed commercially can sell some species of sharks or other marine fish during open seasons for those species.

“This is part of our ongoing effort to curb unlawful sales of saltwater products by unlicensed people and the unlawful sale of protected marine species,” Cooper said.

Hix sold investigators 56 shark fins, shark meat and king mackerel on Sept. 8 and on Oct. 1 and 9. The shark species included hammerhead, blacktip, tiger, nurse and bull.


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  • by $curComName Location: Worcester, MA on Dec 20, 2010 at 04:20 PM
    FYI, regulations exist so that the species involved do not become any more threatened and endangered. Yes, in an ideal workd, if there were not too many people in the first place, yes, we could probably go right ahead ahd use pesticide and dynamite to catch our fish, but the said truth is, a whole lot of people living in trailers chose to have ten kids they cannot possible properly educate or feed. We therefore have to regulate these trailer trash so they don't catch and sell every last endangered turtle, bald eagle, or shark.
  • by shark Location: ocean on Dec 20, 2010 at 02:57 PM
    sounds like a very light fine, considering the life he has taken
  • by SO WHAT Location: CRAWFORDVILLE on Dec 20, 2010 at 02:32 PM
    geez, this man is 59 yrs old....go get the real criminals.
  • by Tom Tom Location: Florida on Dec 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    WOW,Is this such a problem????The Chinese and Japaneses come to our waters and fish them all to sell??Whales,Sharks,Tuna and any thing else..Maybe if he was on well fair it would be better for us????
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