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Von Miller Off the Hook In Hammerhead Shark Incident

3/29/2019 12:17 PM PDT

Von Miller Off the Hook In Hammerhead Shark Incident, Boat Owner Fined

EXCLUSIVE

Von Miller will NOT be punished for illegally catching a hammerhead shark on a 2018 fishing expedition ... but not everyone involved got so lucky. 

We broke the story ... the NFL star was investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after Von posted footage showing off a 9-and-a-half foot shark he caught off the coast of Miami. 

The incident was escalated when PETA -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- publicly vowed to hold Miller and his crew accountable for what they believed was an illegal catch and kill. 

For Miller's part, he insisted the shark was thrown back into the water alive. 

Now, we've learned the case was transferred from the FFWCC to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- a federal organization which reports to the Department of Commerce. 

A rep for NOAA tells us the investigation is over and "Miller was not charged."

However, the owner and operator of the fishing vessel WERE charged for fishing for sharks without the proper permit AND failure to release a shark in the manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. 

NOAA issued a $2,000 fine as punishment. 

Fishing ... it ain't a joke. 

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