Fishermen charged for fishing violations

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Giovanni Murcia

Giovanni Murcia

Emilio Novelo

Emilio Novelo

Friday, February 20, 2015. AARON HUMES Reporting: Fishermen Giovanni Murcia, 32, of Honduras, and Belizean 48 year old Emilio Novelo, were read charges related to fisheries violations when they appeared in the courtroom of Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer.

Novelo, who has a valid fisherman’s license, pleaded guilty to facilitating Murcia in engaging in commercial fishing in Belize without holding a fisherman’s license and Murcia pleaded guilty to engaging in commercial fishing in Belize without a license.

They also each pleaded guilty to possession of 57 pieces of fish filet without the skin.

Police made the bust on February 7 at Turneffe Atoll. 

Novelo was fined a total of $1,080 while Murcia was fined a total of $1,040.

Novelo was given until March 31 to pay.

Murcia was ordered to pay immediately which he did and he was released.

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