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Sarteneja fisherman fined for fishing in a reserve Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

A Sarteneja fisherman was fined almost $1,000 after he admitted to fishing inside the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve and having 28 undersized conchs in his possession. He is 31-year-old Elvin Isaac Jimenez.

Jimenez was first summoned to court in April 2017 but failed to show up. He was brought to court on June 13, 2017 on a bench warrant. He explained in court that he fell ill and had no money.

At his arraignment, after being excused without being additionally charged, he pleaded guilty to the two charges. He was charged with possession of undersized conchs and with fishing in a conservation zone, inside the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve. He appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser.

According to Fisheries Authorities, on April 1, 2017, they found Jimenez engaging in fishing activities within the Conservation Zone of the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve. With that, he was fined $150.00 plus a $5.00 cost of court which he must pay by July 31, 2017, in default 1 month imprisonment. An additional fine of $560 was imposed upon him for the 28 undersized conchs at $20 each. He has to pay this fine by August 15, 2017, in default 1 month imprisonment. For the offense of fishing in a marine reserve, he was fined $100 plus a $5.00 cost of court fine which he was ordered to pay by July 31, 2017, in default 1 month imprisonment.