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Louisville fisherman fined $20,000 for illegal lobsters

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Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2022. 1:07 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: A Louisville fisherman was fined over $20,000 this week for being in possession of illegal lobsters.

Twenty-five-year-old Enrique Peres appeared in the Belize City Magistrates Court where he was read two Fisheries offenses of possession of undersize lobsters and possession of soft shell lobsters.

Allegations are that on August 7, 2022, at about 4:30 p.m., on board a vessel name “Adela T”, located south of Northern Two Caye, Peres was found in possession of 15 lobsters weighing less than four ounces, and three soft shell lobsters.

Peres pleaded guilty to both charges and admitted of catching the lobsters illegally. He pleaded with the court for leniency as he is the sole breadwinner of his family.

For the offenses, Peres was fined $10,000 plus a $5.00 cost of court which he was ordered to pay by December 31, 2022. In default, he will spend 6 months in prison. He was additionally fined the minimum of $50 per undersized lobster, which totaled, and $750.00. For the soft shell lobsters, he was fined $10,000, bringing his total fine to $20,960.00.

 

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