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Fisherman fined $1,700 for out of season Nassau grouper

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2024. 10:07 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: A fisherman was fined $1,000 in court on Tuesday after taking the rap for being caught with 14 out of season Nassau groupers.

Jorge Hernandez was initially arrested along with three other fishermen but he pleaded guilty and took the rap for the charge of possession of fillet Nassau grouper and possession or Nassau grouper in the closed season.

For his guilty plea, Hernandez was fined $1,000 plus $5 cost of court. He has until July 31 to pay, in default, three months in prison. He was also slapped with a fine of $50 per fillet, totaling $700 which he must pay by July.

The group was arrested on March 3 after fisheries officers conducting a routine patrol made an inspection on the icebox in the possession of the four fishermen.

 

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