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Pair Gets Prison For Illegal Lobster Harvesting In The Florida Keys
Underwatertimes.com News Service
February 3, 2010 18:55 EST

MIAMI, Florida -- A federal judge said two men will each spend a year and a day in prison for illegally harvesting lobsters in the Florida Keys.

The Miami Herald said Wednesday in addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King ordered John Buckheim, 23, and Nick Demauro, 24, to serve two years of probation and pay nearly $23,000 in law enforcement costs.

Last October, the two men pleaded guilty to charges they illegally harvested 8,500 pounds of lobsters by using an artificial reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Authorities said the illegal harvesting took place in summer 2008 from Buckheim's boat.

At the time of Monday's sentencing, the two men had removed artificial habitats used for lobster harvesting from 300 sites, the Herald reported.

Since both Buckheim's boat and truck were used in the perpetration of the defendants' crimes, he was ordered to forfeit the truck and $1,000 for the sale of his boat.