One fisherman charged with nearly 50 lobsters within Half Moon Caye Natural Monument by Belize Audubon Society’s Rangers
On Monday August 17th, 2020 at approximately 2:30 am Belize Audubon Society’s Park Rangers detained one fisherman from Chunox Village, Corozal District who was found fishing within Half Moon Caye Natural Monument.
The individual was found in possession of forty-nine (49) whole lobsters of which ten (10) were lobsters with eggs and eight (8) were lobsters with spawn.
This fisherman was charge and arraigned before the Magistrate Court for the following offences:
1. Illegal entry into a Natural Monument
2. Illegal fishing in a Natural Monument
3. Possession of lobster with eggs
4. Possession of lobster with spawn (tar spot)
The fisherman plead guilty to all charges and was fined a total of $5,170.00 for the offences committed.
APAMO urges fishermen and the general public that fishing with Protected Areas is illegal. Additionally, marine protected areas are currently closed to the public therefore, persons found committing any offense in violation of the National Protected Areas Systems Act will be prosecuted. We also urge all Belizeans to keep vigilant and report any illegal activity within a protected area during this time of national concern to the Co-Management Agencies and the relevant Government Authorities (Fisheries or Forest Departments).
Photos courtesy: Belize Audubon Society
Belize Fisheries Department: 224-4552/ 223-2623
Belize Forest Department: 822-1524