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2 fishermen may be fined for illegal catch

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 23, 2003

MADEIRA BEACH -- Wildlife officers cited two commercial fishermen Friday for having 1,250 pounds of undersized amberjack in their boat.

"That's a very blatant violation," said Lt. Roger Young of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "About 98 percent of their catch was undersized." Officers say they discovered the illegal catch when they stopped the fishing vessel Xanadu for a random check just north of John's Pass. Capt. Ingo Sumner, 49, and crewman Lyle R. Aldrich, 60, were charged with possessing undersized amberjack and failure to have a gulf reef fishing permit. They could face federal fines of as much as $15,000, Young said.

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