Guatemalan Fisherman Illegally Fishing In Blue Hole
A Guatemalan fisherman pleaded guilty to Illegal Fishing in the Blue Hole Natural Monument when he appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. Forty-six year old Elias Chavez was arraigned before Magistrate Leslie Hamilton this morning. Chavez, who was unrepresented and spoke little English, was provided with a translator through whom he pleaded guilty to the charge. Chavez was found fishing in the Blue Hole Monument on January thirteenth by Fisheries Director, Clifford Cadle. According to Cadle, he was on a routine patrol in the Belize Audubon Society vessel in the Natural Monument when he spotted Chavez and informed him that he was committing an offense. When his vessel was searched, forty-four conchs were found along with a pair of masks, fins and hook. For the offense, Magistrate Hamilton imposed a non-custodial sentence of two hundred dollars which he was ordered to pay by September twenty-eighth.
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