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SKIRIOTES V. FLORIDA, 313 U. S. 69 (1941)

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Skiriotes v. Florida, 313 U.S. 69 (1941)

Skiriotes v. Florida

No. 658

Argued March 14, 1941

Decided April 28, 1941

313 U.S. 69


1. A State has power to govern the conduct of its citizens upon the high sea with respect to matters in which the State has a legitimate interest and where there is no conflict with Acts of Congress. P. 313 U. S. 77.

2. The Florida statute forbidding the use of diving equipment for the purpose of "taking commercial sponges from the Gulf of Mexico, or the Straits of Florida or other waters within the territorial limits of the Florida" is not in conflict with an Act of Congress which prohibits taking, in those waters, outside of state territorial limits, sponges of less than a particular size. P. 313 U. S. 74.

3. The Florida regulation is within the competency of the State, regardless of the question of territorial limits, when applied to a citizen of the State found taking sponges with diving equipment at a point two marine leagues off the west shoreline of the State. Pp. 313 U. S. 74, 313 U. S. 79.

144 Fla. 220; 197 So. 736, affirmed.

Appeal from a judgment affirming a conviction under § 5846 Rev.Gen.Stats.; § 8087 Comp.Gen.Laws, 1927, of Florida.

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