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Jul 7, 2017

Pair Had Banned Gill Nets in their Possession

Greg Soberanis

According to Lieutenant Soberanis, the occupants of the fleeing vessel had managed to toss their catch into the sea before being found with gill nets onboard the boat.

 

Lt. Greg Soberanis, Belize National Coast Guard

“As it relates to products, once a vessel is found to be engaged in illegal fishing, upon the sight of law enforcement what they normally do is to throw the products overboard so as not to be caught with the products in their possession.  This was such a case; however, like I said, the gill nets were found in their possession.  They were in the marine reserve and hence it is illegal to have that type of equipment in the reserve.”

 

Reporter

“Do you have the particulars of the persons?”

 

Lt. Greg Soberanis

“Yes.  It was one minor and an adult.  And so, like I said, they were handed over to the police to be processed and today that process will continue with the support of TIDE and coastguard providing statements to the police in Punta Gorda Town.”

 

Reporter

“Are you aware of their nationalities?”

 

Lt. Greg Soberanis

“Yes.  They’re both Belizeans who reside in Punta Gorda Town.”

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