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Man accused of catching lobsters out of season in Florida Keys

Deputies said Dennys Llopiz use a speargun to catch lobster out of a season.
Deputies said Dennys Llopiz use a speargun to catch lobster out of a season.

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – A Miami man was arrested Saturday after he used to a speargun to poach lobsters in the Florida Keys, authorities said.

Adam Linhardt, a spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, said a deputy found Dennys Llopiz, 27, spearfishing near the Long Key Bridge.

A search of his coolers found nine out-of-season lobsters, seven undersized lobsters and eight speared lobsters, Linhardt said. He was also cited for spearfishing within 300 feet of a bridge, Linhardt said.

Lobster season starts Monday and ends March 31. However, it's illegal to shoot lobsters with a speargun even in season, Linhardt said.

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