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Jun 7, 2016

Seguros Will Face Charges for Illegal Hicatee Catch

Fisheries Officer Rigoberto Quintana says the Seguros will be charged for a number of offenses including the possession of more than three hicatees as well as for the hicatee nets. As to the hicatees, they will be donated to the Be Free Foundation in the south.

 

Rigoberto Quintana, Fisheries Officer

“We have various types of fines that we hope we will lay some charges. For example we have fine for possession of hicatee nets is five hundred dollars. For illegal size hicatee, possession of illegal size is two thousand dollars. There is also another charge for having more than three turtles; that’s another two thousand dollars and we also can request the magistrate to cancel the license of these individuals.”

 

Duane Moody

“So these persons are licensed with the fisheries?”

 

Rigoberto Quintana

Rigoberto Quintana

“Well we are verifying with the licensing section to see if they have a valid fisherman license.”

 

Reporter

“What is going to be done with these hicatees after these men have been charged?”

 

Rigoberto Quintana

“We are working together with the Be Free Foundation in the Toledo District. They are doing breeding trials with hicatee and they have been successful so far and probably look at donating those turtles for the breeding program.”

 

Duane Moody

“So enter them back into the wild?”

 

Rigoberto Quintana

“They have some artificial breeding ponds that they have created and up to last year they were successful in hatching some hicatee turtles. And these ones are mostly females so that’s good for us.”

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