KEY LARGO, Fla. – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is searching for three men who they said illegally killed a tarpon in Key Largo.
The incident occurred between the hours of 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on March 15 at the Calusa Campground Resort & Marina in Key Largo.
According to authorities, the three men removed the tarpon from the water and killed it at the campground.
On Wednesday, the FWC released a photo that shows the suspects holding the dead tarpon.
According to the FWC, it is against the law to not release a tarpon that has been caught while fishing, and “Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water unless in pursuit of a state or world record using a tarpon tag.”
“One tarpon tag per person per year may be purchased when in pursuit of a Florida state or world record,” the FWC reports.
Anyone who recognizes the men in the photo above is asked to call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or Investigator Mattson at 305-619-6578.