Officers Marcus Reith and Heidi Johnson were conducting boating safety and marine fisheries inspections near Caxambas Pass in Collier County. Officer Johnson boarded the vessel and was directed to a cooler located near the front of the vessel. Upon inspection, Officer Johnson located five Red Grouper, three of which were undersized. Appropriate citations and property receipts were issued and the fish were seized as evidence.
During the September Commission meeting, commissioners approved the opening of a new hunting area in the Big Cypress National Preserve WMA known as the Addition Lands within Collier, Miami?Dade, and Monroe Counties. Several FWC officers assisted personnel from Big Cypress during the opening weekend of this quota hunt area that will allow thirty hunters to participate in archery, muzzleloader, general gun and spring turkey seasons. Quota permit holders expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to hunt the Addition Lands and look forward to a continued relationship with law enforcement efforts.