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Charged for fishing in the Great Blue Hole Print E-mail
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Written by The Guardian   
Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00

Marvin Patt, 23, and his cousin Edison Patt, 21, are free after being fined $1,500 each for fishing in the Blue Hole Natural Monument. The cousins from Chunox Village were caught fishing illegally in a natural monument for the second time over the weekend. The men were convicted in 2010 for fishing inside the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument.

The duo appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza on Thursday, February 25, where they were jointly charged with one count of illegal entry into a natural monument, and one count of fishing inside a natural monument, the Blue Hole. They wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the charges. Magistrate Mendoza explained to the men that the penalty for these offenses carries a fine as high as $20,000. However, since they saved the court time, he fined them $500 for illegal fishing and $1,000 for illegal entry into the monument. They must pay the fine by April 23, 2016 or serve five months imprisonment.

Magistrate Mendoza told the men to take the fine as a final warning.