Friday, August 8, 2008

Poached Lobster

From the Miami Herald:

He planted a wide network of makeshift lobster habitats composed of concrete and scrap metal. He cruised through a national marine sanctuary in his Wahoo fishing boat, plucking thousands of lobsters from the protected waters, possibly causing long-term environmental harm.

He kept 1,500 pounds of meaty lobster tails in a home freezer, preparing to sell them for illicit profit.

That’s the portrait federal prosecutors painted of David Dreifort, 41, accused of being one of the most prolific lobster poachers in the nation.

Dreifort, of Cudjoe Key, is charged with placing artificial lobster habitats in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, stockpiling the rough equivalent of 6,000 lobster tails in advance of last Wednesday’s opening of the state’s commercial lobster season. That’s about 1,000 times the legal limit, U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta said.

On second thought, I’ll have the salad.