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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019. 3:41 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: On Sunday, April 20, 2019, a joint patrol busted 3 Honduran fishermen within the Spawning Aggregation Zone at the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve (GSSCMR).

Authorities from Southern Environmental Association (SEA) and the Belize Coast arrested the three Honduran fishermen and seized their vessel and marine products.

A search of their vessel named “Angelica” revealed the discovery of several mutton snappers in a large storage container.

Edwin Geovanny/Carcamo Banegas, Hector Arnaldo/Rodriguez Martinez and Wilford Machado plead guilty to the following charges in the Independence Village Magistrates Court: (1) “Engaged in commercial fishing whilst not being the holder of a valid fisherman’s license”, (2) “Engaged in fishing without a Special License in the Spawning Aggregation Zone, Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve”, and (3) “Use of a vessel for commercial fishing without a valid boat license to fish”.

The fishermen were fined $1,500.00 plus $15.00 court cost each, to be paid forthwith or a term of five months in prison will be imposed.

SEA informs that it will continue to conduct strategic patrols to ensure the protection of Belize’s marine resources. 

SEA thanks the Belize Coast Guard for their continued support and assistance in conducting joint patrols.

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