One fisherman takes the rap for twelve others Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

The Belize Fisheries Department was forced to take 13 fishermen to court after they were found in possession of 121 undersized lobsters on board a vessel “Luisanne” on September 6, 2017. The group of 13 appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford on September 18, 2017. The men were read a single charge of possession of undersize lobsters.

The fishermen have been identified as Graciano Alfonso Tun; 41, Delcio Jeremias Tun, 31; Adalberto Galindo Mesh, 19; Adir Alexis Tun, 27; Valdir Edgaer Santoya, 31; Wilson Jeovany Santoya, 21; Bernaldo Iginio Santoya, 36; Isair Uriel Mendez, 19; Erbert Joismar Mendez, 28; Marquitos Heraldo Mendez, 37; Cesar Genaro Reyes, 30; and Alvaro Alejandro Babb, 40.

In court, Delcio Tun took the blame for the 121 lobsters while the others pleaded not guilty. He was fined $250 for the offense and an additional fine of $2,420 for the undersized lobsters, $20 each, bringing his debt to a total of $2,670. His $250 fine was ordered to be paid by October 18, 2017 in default two months’ imprisonment. The additional fines are to be paid in full by December 20, 2017.

Alvarado Babb also found himself in debt to the court for an old fine. He was kept in custody until he could settle that fine.