More oyster harvest arrests made

-A A +A
By The Staff

A special detail of wildlife officers has been working the Nature Coast from Cedar Key to Shired Island handing out citations and arresting fishermen cited more than once in an effort to curb the harvesting of oysters in closed areas. Officers have filed 16 cases thus far. 

State Fish and Wildlife Commission Officers Darby Butler, Travis Cooper, Jordan Hilliard, Larry Ayers, Robert Johnston, Carolyn Russo, Scott Wiggins, Daniel Jenkins, Kevin Lamar and Lt. James Umhoefer participated in the joint effort which included land and waterborne surveillance, marked and unmarked units and coordination of resources.

Their work resulted in numerous misdemeanor citations being issued for violations ranging from illegal harvest of shellfish to possession of marijuana. 

FWC officers cited five commercial fishermen for taking oysters from a plain clothes operation on a South Levy Creek. The out-of-town men have an Oct. 22 court date in Levy County Court. If adjudicated guilty the fine could go as high as $600 per person on the two charges.

If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Chiefland Citizen, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

Special Offer

You have used all your free page views for the month however if you wish to create a FREE limited access account you will be able to view a additional 2 pages per month.

You can also purchase a subscription and have full access to the site. To purchase a subscription simply enter your zipcode below

ZIP Code:

Chiefland Citizen | circulation@chieflandcitizen.com | 352-493-4796
624 W Park Avenue, Chiefland, FL 32626
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday