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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
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Fish sellers charged for illegal sales
Nine fish sellers are charged with illegal sales of cobia and pompano following a three-year investigation.
They include Dokamis Restaurant and Lounge in Fort Walton Beach and 50-year-old Gary D. Wells of Navarre.
Dokamis was charged with illegal purchase of saltwater products; Wells was charged with illegal transfer of a saltwater products license, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
FWC investigators this week issued 29 citations to nine businesses and fishermen throughout Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.
Dharma Blue Cafe in Pensacola was also cited, facing two counts of illegally purchasing saltwater products.
Others charged in Pensacola were: Viet Ho Oriental Market, Bien Dong Oriental Market, L&T Fresh Seafood Market, Tin-Tin's Oriental Market and 39-year-old Roger Blake.
In Gulf Breeze, the FWC cited 29-year-old George Schwartz.
"This is an abuse of our resources and offensive to law-abiding fishermen and the public," FWC Lt. Doug Berryman said in a statement.
Charges are pending against several others, he said.
The FWC pays rewards of $25 to $1,000 for information about violations. The agency's wildlife alert hotline is (888) 404-FWCC.
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