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Chunox fisherman found illegally fishing within natural monument

Posted: Friday, December 15, 2023. 10:27 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Fisherman Orvandy Montalvo, 23, of Chunox, Corozal District, was fined for illegal entry and illegal fishing inside a protected area after appearing Thursday in the Magistrate’s Court.

Montalvo was accused of being within the waters of the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, located within Lighthouse Atoll on November 21, where he had been fishing.

Montalvo pleaded guilty to one count of illegal entry into a Natural Monument and one count of illegal fishing inside a Natural Monument.

For his guilty plea, Montalvo was given two $3,000 fines plus cost of court for which he was given until April 28, 2024, to pay, in default, 1-year imprisonment.

 

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