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FWC asks for help from the public

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Media contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676

 Fish dumped illegally at Davis Road Boat Ramp, Tyndall AFB
FWC investigators seek the public's help in learning who dumped 400 pounds of fish at a boat ramp on Tyndall AFB.
(FWC photo)

Investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) need the public’s help.

Sometime during the evening hours of Dec. 1 or early morning hours of Dec. 2 someone using the Davis Beach Boat Ramp (also called Research Road) on Tyndall Air Force Base unloaded and dumped at least 400 pounds of roe mullet, spotted seatrout, pompano, flounder, Spanish mackerel and bluefish at the ramp. The discarded fish were discovered by Tyndall staff on Dec. 2.

“All of the fish had marks showing they were caught by gill net,” said Investigator Neal Goss IV. “We hope someone will come forward and help us solve who did this.”

The use of certain types of nets for taking marine species is prohibited in Florida waters under the Florida Constitution.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922. Anonymity is guaranteed, and if the call leads to an arrest a reward may be paid.

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