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Oct 3, 2016

Corozal Fishermen Busted for Catching Conch Out of Season

The conch season officially opened on Saturday, but even before then, on Friday, a joint patrol of Belize Audubon Society, Fisheries Department and the Belize National Coast Guard officers out at Lighthouse Reef came across a trio of fishermen. All three fishermen are from the village of Cooper Bank in the Corozal District. The incident occurred just north of the Blue Hole where the patrol came up with four hundred and fifty-five conch.

 

Hampton Gamboa, Supervisor, Conservation Compliance Unit

“Upon the fishers seeing us, they basically tried to do away the product out of their boat. Fortunately we were able to retrieve the product. After coming across the three fishers who had these product, the tally total was four hundred and fifty-five individual conch, which all three persons will be charged for.”

 

Hampton Gamboa

Reporter

“What all charges await them or fines?”

 

Hampton Gamboa

“Both charged and fined…it’s called fined and penalty. Once the season is closed, which it was when we found these product with these fishermen, these are deemed illegal. So we will do an arraignment in the magistrate’s court and then the magistrate will pass the ruling as it relates to fine and penalty when it reaches to the court proceedings.”

 

Reporter

“And disclosing the fishermen’s names?”

 

Hampton Gamboa

“Not at this moment. As soon as we actually charge them, then we can do that.”

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