Originally Posted by Captain Bill
Not that I've ever heard of a liveaboard
getting busted for this, but technically Florida fishing regulations
pretty much make it illegal to possess fish
on board in anything but an intact state minus basic gutting. The FWC regulations
just don't address anything but recreational fishing
day trips where the fish are returned to land and then filleted or otherwise processed and then stored on land. It is actually illegal to have fish fillets on your boat
, even if purchased at a grocery store. I guess this is limited to species found in Fl, but the regulations don't actually say that. Oddly enough if you are on your way back from the Bahamas
and actually haven't touched land yet you are OK, as long as you keep a piece of skin on the fillets so the species can be identified. As soon as you touch land however the fillets become illegal to keep on your boat
. The feds are in on the act as well, since you must keep many species intact while aboard. Apparently the NMFS is not any better at recognizing that some people actually live on their boats.
All that is true. And I would point out that the enforcing officer would have to be REALLY, REALLY pissed off at you to write you a ticket for fish sitting in your freezer
with a date from 6 weeks ago on the package.
Now, if he had already found you with several out of season and undersized fish on deck
, he’d probably go looking for everything he could find and let the judge sort it out.
is simple, anything I caught today stays whole until I am at anchor
. It then gets butchered, packaged and into the freezer
. I comply with the spirit of the rules, if not the letter.
I know it is a technical violation, but on my list of things to worry about... it is really far, far, down the list.