Three fishermen fined for possession of parrot fish and fillet fish without a skin patch Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 April 2017 00:00

On Friday, March 31, Francisco Moralez, Mike Espat, and Rogel Sanchez were arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. The men are of the San Pedrito area in San Pedro. They were charged and fined for being in possession of fillet fish without a skin patch.

They were found with the fish on March 24, at West Sand Caye located in the Light House Reef. Hapton Gamboa, fisheries officer, also found them in possession of parrot fish. They were charged with one count of possession of parrot fish. In court, the men were unrepresented and pleaded guilty to all charges.

Given the nature of the offenses, Fraser insisted that they put a stop to illegal fishing or they would find themselves behind bars. For now, they were only fined rather than imprisoned. They were fined separately for the possession of the fillet fish and the parrot fish and were given until May 31, 207 and June 30, 2017 respective to pay the fines, in default 6 months imprisonment.

Mike Lin Rangel, Jaime Rangel, Cornelio Mendez, and Isidro Patt were also arraigned before magistrate Fraser. They were all fined for the possession of undersized conch. They were given until June 30, 2017 to pay their fines, in default 7 months imprisonment.