MIAMI MAN ARRESTED FOR CATCHING 62 LOBSTERS OUT OF SEASON

FWC Officer Liam Rodriguez discovers 62 spiny lobster tails caught out of season during a patrol on the evening of June 12. FWC/Contributed

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation arrested a Miami man who was reportedly found with more than 60 out-of-season spiny lobster tails, of which 32 were undersized.

Randy Sanchez Tapia, 30, was arrested and charged with a number of misdemeanors for grabbing undersized lobster tails and catching all of them out of season.

Randy Sanchez Tapia.

The incident took place across from FWC’s Whale Harbor station on June 12 around 6 p.m. Officer Liam Rodriguez was on routine water patrol in Whale Harbor Channel when he stopped a man who was snorkeling along the shoreline without a dive-flag. The officer proceeded to conduct a resource inspection when he found the man, later identified as Sanchez Tapia, to be in possession of 62 spiny lobster tails and 32 undersized tails. 

Jason Rafter, public information officer with FWC, said the man was located right across the channel from FWC’s station at Whale Harbor. 

“We’re always looking over there,” he said. 

Rodriguez placed Sanchez Tapia under arrest. He was booked in the Plantation Key Jail.

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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).