NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) -- Officials have arrested two commercial fishermen after they were allegedly caught poaching lobster.
Fish and Wildlife Commission officials were out on Biscayne Bay, at around 2 a.m. Wednesday, when they found 62-year-old Eloy Torres and 40-year-old Israel Torres poaching lobster on a 12-foot Jon boat, just west of Stiltsville.
When FWC officials approached the two men, they allegedly began to throw the lobsters back into the bay. What officials said was the most disturbing was that out of the 117 lobsters the men had, 109 of them were undersized. The lobsters did not meet the minimum three-inch regulation. Officials said this could affect the lobster population in the area for years to come.
FWC also said the two men broke multiple laws, including fishing without a license, fishing at night and stealing lobster from commercial fishermen's traps. They said the men were hunting the animals, "blacked out," meaning they had no lights or proper equipment on board their small vessel.
The two men remain in custody.
For more information on the proper fishing regulations in Florida, visit: http://myfwc.com/Fishing. Video.