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Sep 8, 2008

Fisheries officials make two busts for off season seafood

Story PictureActing on tip-offs, Fisheries Officers made a double bust today in Belize City; the first at around two-thirty this afternoon at Wanton Restaurant on New Road. On the second floor of the building which houses the residential quarters, fisheries officers discovered several bags containing one hundred ninety-six conchs and two bags of twenty-two undersized lobsters. Business owner, Wen Huan Lii, was placed under arrest and escorted to the Fisheries Department where the evidence was processed. He will appear in Magistrates’ Court tomorrow to answer to charges of Possession of Conch During the Closed Season and Possession of Undersized Lobster. If found guilty, Lii faces fines of a maximum of six thousand dollars for the conchs, and over one thousand dollars for the lobster.

And while the second bust produced more seafood than the first, no arrests have been made. Fisheries officials searched a building on Collet Canal behind Vernon Street Market where they discovered three hundred and ninety-seven undersized lobsters and one box containing ninety-four conchs. No one was found at the residence and officers continue to investigate who rents the location on Vernon Street.

By way of a reminder, the conch season closes between July first and September thirtieth while the lobster season is closed from February first to June fourteenth. The minimum weight for market conch is three ounces while the minimum weight for a lobster tail is four ounces.


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