Coast Guard Discovers Illegal Coral on Vessel

MIAMI – Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach were conducting random recreational vessel safety checks this afternoon near Crandon Park Marina and discovered a 23-foot pleasure craft with approximately 350 pounds of coral on board.

Alaine Salermo, the vessel and the coral were brought into Crandon Park Marina where Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials confirmed the contraband was live illegal coral.

Currently, it is illegal to stand on or touch any live or dead coral.

Salermo is currently in FWC custody and the investigation is ongoing.

Protection of natural marine resources is one of the Coast Guard’s five missions and it continues to help the nation recover and maintain healthy populations of marine protected species.

Source: USCG D7 Public Affairs
COAST GUARD DISCOVERS ILLEGAL CORAL ON BOARD VESSEL

MIAMI – Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach were conducting random recreational vessel safety checks this afternoon near Crandon Park Marina and discovered a 23-foot pleasure craft with approximately 350 pounds of coral on board.Alaine Salermo, the vessel and the coral were brought into Crandon Park Marina where Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials confirmed the contraband was live illegal coral.

Currently, it is illegal to stand on or touch any live or dead coral.

Salermo is currently in FWC custody and the investigation is ongoing.

Protection of natural marine resources is one of the Coast Guard’s five missions and it continues to help the nation recover and maintain healthy populations of marine protected species.

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