US v. David Henson McNab et al.,
324 F.3d 1266, amended and superseded on rehearing by 331 F.3d 1228 (11th Cir. 2003), cert. denied, 540 U.S. 1177 (2004)
Four members of a smuggling ring were prosecuted for harvesting, possessing, or transporting into the U.S. spiny lobster, in violation of U.S. and Honduran law.
A Honduran national, David Henson McNab, engaged in an intentional, sophisticated and systematic plundering of the valuable lobster fishery resource of Honduras for at least five years. His fleet of lobster boats, the largest in Honduras, indiscriminately harvested every lobster they found, regardless of size or reproductive status. Lobsters as small (young) as 2 ounces as well as eggbearing females were taken. Marine biologists have found that the Honduran lobster stocks are part of the source, due to the prevailing currents and unusual lobster life cycle, of the lobster stocks that support the lobster fishery off Florida. Thus, McNab’s pillaging of this resource directly affected not just Honduras stocks, but also U.S. stocks and U.S. markets. His operations were conducted at the ultimate expense not only of the resource but also all those who depend upon it; every other lobster fisherman, both Honduran and U.S., as well as those employed in the processing and distribution of lobster, were affected.
McNab was sentenced to 97 months imprisonment along with two confederates who each received 97 months imprisonment and a fourth who got 24 months.