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Chunox fisherman is fined almost $10,000 after bust with 199 undersized conchs

Posted: Friday, December 15, 2023. 10:21 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: A fisherman from Chunox village, Corozal District, thought he’d hit the jackpot with his first haul of conch in the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve.

Instead, he was busted with nearly 200 undersized conch and now owes nearly $10,000 in court fines.

25-year-old Inair Acosta is accused of possession of 199 conches each not exceeding seven and a half ounces in weight on December 4 while on a canoe near Mauger Caye.

Acosta pleaded guilty and blamed his inexperience, saying he normally works as a cook aboard a fishing vessel and was fishing by himself for the first time. When he dived down and saw the conch, he thought they were legal size.

Acosta was fined $3,000 and cost of court due by April 28, 2024, and a penalty fine of $6,950 for the 199 undersize conch he was caught with, about $35 per conch rather than the usual $50, for a grand total of $9,955

 

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