The Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Patrol Unit issued three men citations last Thursday for having possession of more than the legal limit of sharks onboard their boat.

On August 15, the Marine Patrol Unit was patrolling the area of the Placida boat ramp near the Boca Grande Causeway when they encountered Dale L. Money, 72, and James D. Money, 33, both of 671 Chamber St. in Port Charlotte, and Victor T. Glynn Jr., 33, of Oklahoma. The three men were in the process of loading their boat onto their trailer.

The deputies asked them if they had caught anything that they had kept. The men said they had not, but gave deputies permission to check their coolers and live well. When the deputies checked the cooler, they found six small Black Tip Sharks, all measuring between 20 and 30 inches long. The limit in Florida for coastal sharks is one (1) shark per person on the boat.

Each man was issued a Notice to Appear in court for violation of being over the bag limit. Three (3) of the sharks were seized and destroyed.