A Hialeah man was arrested after he was reportedly found with out-of-season spiny lobsters. 

According to Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation, Lt. Paul Hein and Officer Courtney Carrol were attempting a resource inspection around 6 p.m. on June 25 at the south end of Whale Harbor Channel bridge when the man, later identified as Eddy Triana Rodriguez, 30, allegedly tipped a bucket of spiny lobster into the water. 

Officers recovered four spiny lobsters from the water and were able to match puncture holes in the lobster with a “Hawaiian Sling,” a device used in spearfishing, at the scene. Two of the lobsters were undersized.

Eddy Triana Rodriguez

Rodriguez was taken to Plantation Key Jail and charged with out-of-season spiny lobster, undersized spiny lobster, illegal method of harvest of spiny lobster and interference with a FWC officer.  

According to Jason Rafter, FWC public information officer, the incident took place in the same area where FWC officers arrested a Miami man for allegedly catching 62 out-of-season lobsters on June 12. 

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Jim McCarthy is a Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 3-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, mixed martial arts and golf. He loves to hit the links and play some softball with his Make A Play team. He also enjoys time with family (he's expecting a little boy in October).