|Published:||Sep 02, 2013 3:48 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 02, 2013 7:33 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - For Officer Jason Tidwell, Labor Day is just abother day on the job. His office is the waterways of southwest Florida.
"Just trying to keep everybody safe is the main goal and have a high presence out here so they know we're out here," said Officer Tidwell.
Officer Tidwell makes sure these boaters are safe and following the laws.
"Cause obviously with the holiday our boating traffic increases."
As well as for the fish angelers are trying to catch.
"A lot of species are regulated."
Like snook, which after three years of restrictions is no longer catch and release.
"It's a highly sought after fish, its a big sport fish and its actually a big economical part of Florida too. Charter fisherman get a lot of people requesting they want to catch snook only plus a lot of people like the way they taste," said Officer Tidwell.
On this Monday, no one we met was lucky enough to catch one. But that didn't stop Officer Tidwell from making sure everyone was following the laws.
"We are allowed by law to look in peoples vessels."
If you're found to have broken any fisherie laws, it's a second degree misdemeanor and youll be taken to court. When it comes to safety with life jackets and other items, if you dont have those on board, its a $90 fine.
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