Florida Man Sentenced for Killing Endangered Smalltooth Sawfish
Chad Ponce, a 38-year-old commercial fisherman was convicted and sentenced of killing an endangered smalltooth sawfish off the coast of Florida. Ponce faces 2 years probation, 80 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine.
A judge came down with the sentence on December 19, 2019 after a joint investigation by NOAA Fisheries and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The investigation confirmed that Ponce used a power saw to cut the rostrum (saw, bill) off of the live fish before discarding it back into the...
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