Caye Caulker resident fined for Fisheries offenses Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:00

Miguel Angel Moreno, a 31-year-old resident of Caye Caulker, maintains that he is not a fisherman nor was he engaging in commercial fishing despite the fact that a Fisheries Officer caught him in possession of a number of sea products including lobsters.

Moreno appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on August 3, 2017 to answer to two offenses, one count of engaging in commercial fishing without a fisherman’s license and escaping from a fisheries officer. The incident occurred on June 27, 2017 on the West side of Caye Caulker while he was fishing with his 10-year-old son as a family outing.

In court where he was unrepresented, Moreno pleaded guilty to both charges and explained his version of events that were contrary to the Fisheries Officer’s.  According Fisheries Officer Ali Cansino, on June 27, 2017 a single person on board a canoe on the Western side of Caye Caulker was found engaging in commercial fishing without being the holder of a fisherman’s license. He stated that a search was conducted and fish and fishing equipment were found. Upon telling Moreno of the offense, Moreno ran and escaped.

According to Moreno in court, he did not run and that he told the officer that he had to take his son home to change his clothes after his son began crying after learning that his father was going to be detained.

Given all this, Moreno was imposed two non-custodial sentences of $200 each plus a $10 cost of court. The first $200 is to be paid by September 15, 2017 and the second by September 31, 2017, both in default of two months’ imprisonment.