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Wildlife officers investigate 3-ton catch | KeysNews.com - The fisherman, 36-year-old Jorge Luis Concepcion Del Rio of Cape Coral, was cited for not having a restricted species endorsement for commercial harvest, a second-degree misdemeanor, Dube said. If the charge is dismissed, the check will be returned, he added. [Photo courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission|Officer Jimmy Johnson is seen next to a container of yellow snapper.]"I didn't get an excuse from him as to why he didn't have what is really basic paperwork that all the guys out here know you have to have," said Jimmy Johnson, FWC's investigating officer at the scene.Johnson is investigating Del Rio's past sales to Fishbusterz, Johnson said, noting that Del Rio apparently was paid about $13,000 by the fish house on July 3.Commercial fishermen are required to have the endorsement to sell nearly all fish, except species such as grunts, blue runners and others with little value as food fish, Johnson said."I was shocked," Johnson said."This is a standard license for these guys. I've been here for 25 years -- I haven't heard of a snapper case this big."Dube said officers also are investigating Fishbusterz, which is required by state law to make sure it is buying from licensed sellers."We're looking into why they didn't catch this," Dube said."Was this just an oversight? Technically, they're required to check endorsements, but often the fish houses deal with the same guys for 20 years and don't always physically look at it. In real world application, everyone knows everyone by name and face."alinhardt@keysnews.comShare your thoughts and opinions related to this posting. Login or register to post comments. More InfoMore Florida Keys HeadlinesJara resigns to take new jobFriday, July 13, 20122 commentsPopular musician OK after accidentFriday, July 13, 2012CAMPAIGN CORNERThursday, July 12, 2012Bald eagle undergoing beak repairThursday, July 12, 20121 commentState wants your take on mooring planThursday, July 12, 2012HARC nixes Ponce statueThursday, July 12, 20124 commentsAvailable Only in the Electronic EditionFBI: Man lures girls into sex tradeFriday, July 13, 2012 -Keys schools mostly A-ratedThursday, July 12, 2012 -Veolia out,Reynolds on deckWednesday, July 11, 2012 -Druckemiller to go before grand juryWednesday, July 11, 2012 -Ward, Vogel sound off at forumTuesday, July 10, 2012 -Code officers get involved in chicken caseMonday, July 9, 2012 -Get the electronic edition of The Key West CitizenClick here for today's front page
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