Guatemalan found fishing in Blue Hole Natural Monument

vlcsnap-2013-08-29-09h17m25s79A Guatemalan Fisherman pleaded guilty to illegal fishing in the Blue Hole Natural Monument when he appeared before the Belize City Magistrate’s Court.   He is 46-year-old Elias Chavez.   Chavez pleaded guilty to one count of illegal fishing. Allegations are that on January 13, 2013Chavez was found fishing inside the Blue Hole Monument.  According to the Director Clifford Cadle, he was on routine patrol in the Belize Audubon Society vessel in the Blue Hole Natural Monument when he spotted Chavez fishing and approached him. Chavez’s   vessel was searched and 44 conch in the shells were found.  For the offense, Magistrate Hamilton imposed a non-custodial sentence since it was Chavez’s first conviction. He was fined $200 tobe paid by September 28, 2013 or else he spends two months in jail.

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