Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"63 illegal lobster = 156 criminal charges"

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The article states:
"A Tennessee man found off Key West with 63 lobster tails was booked into jail on 156 resource conservation counts Thursday, state marine officers report."
Charles Manson was jailed for only 8 criminal charges.  I'm wondering how is it possible to get to 156 charges for catching  crustaceans?  

Here are (most of) the rules:
 - Regular Season State and Federal Waters August 6 through March 31. Begins at 12:01 a.m. on August 6. Ends at 12:00 midnight on March 31.... if you grab one at 12:02 a.m.on April 1... NO JOKE--YOU'RE GOING TO JAIL.

-  Bag Limit: Six (6) per person per day... if you grab seven (7)-- POKEY.

- Better have a measuring gauge with you... or else-- INCARCERATION

-  All lobster must be measured in the water... so don't think you can get in your boat with your gauge and leisurely measure your catch,  because otherwise it's--SLAMMER TIME

- Lobster carapace must be greater than three (3) inches to be harvested (sounds bad) or possessed (who wants a possessed lobster? not me). All undersized lobsters must be released unharmed or--welcome to PRISON.

-  All recreationally harvested lobster must remain in whole condition while at sea   Tails can only be separated on land. When the tail is separated from the body, it must be greater than 5-1/2 inches-- (when the lobster tail is separated from its body it is called a "pinched lobster") so, don't pinch a lobster OR pinch a pinched lobster... OR--YOU WILL BE INCARCERATED.

-  Bag Limits: The Federal bag limit cannot be combined with the State bag limit. And if YOU are "in the bag" it makes matters worse on your way to the--PENITENTIARY.  

- Egg-bearing (berried) lobster regardless of species must be released unharmed. Stripping egg-bearing females of eggs, is prohibited.  (Give a mother a break people... let her go back home... you can catch her in the future, when her kids are teenagers... she will gladly succumb.)  But, if you decide to take them out of the ocean, you're going--UP THE RIVER.

- Coral is protected from damage and removal in State and Federal waters. Do NOT touch, hold on to, stand on, break or otherwise harm coral. I like the coral, so I'm saying, bring back the-- BASTILLE.

 -  Gear: Harvesting or attempting to harvest spiny lobster using any device that will or could puncture, penetrate, or crush the exoskeleton (shell) or the flesh of the lobster, and the use of such devices is prohibited. ...you don't want to hurt it before you rip the tail from its body--or you'll be doing the --

- “Artificial Habitats in State Waters” is any material placed in the waters of the state that is reasonably suited to providing cover and habitat for spiny lobster. Placing artificial habitat or harvesting lobster from artificial habitat is prohibited. Such material may be constructed of, but is not limited to, wood, metal, fiberglass, concrete, or plastic, or any combination thereof... So keep your damn car hoods on your cars... don't trick the poor lobsters into thinking this is their new condo... or you'll be in your new--HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS.

  - License Requirements: Recreational harvesters are required to possess a valid Florida Saltwater Fishing License...you can drive the boat without a license but better not be caught unlicensed with a bag of "surf" for your "turf"...or you'll be heading to your own-- COOLER.

  - Commercial Lobster Traps: It is a felony to molest (ew), damage, or take lobster from traps in State or Federal waters.  There won't be any phone reception in your--CELL.

 - Dive Flag: All divers and snorkelers in the water are required to prominently display a diver down flag. 
    Or you'll be going--DOWN.   

Thank goodness Mr Manson didn't harvest undersized, pinched lobsters out of season... he might have gotten the Death penalty...


  1. hmmm, Charles Manson.....where have I heard that name before.......?

  2. Well - probably because of his upcoming wedding..but apparently that has been called off... too much long distance for the couple I guess...