On May 12th 2022, seven fishermen were found guilty in the San Pedro Town Magistrate Court for offences committed against the Fisheries Act as per details below.
These cases were a result of patrols conducted by #holchanmarinereserve
Enforcement and Operations Team in collaboration with the #belizecoastguard in April and early May of 2022, within and adjacent to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve has increased its enforcement efforts throughout the entire Reserve including the reef side, western portions and as well as establishment checks. We would like to remind the general public that any offences committed against the Fisheries Act or Hol Chan Marine Reserve Statutory Instrument (S.I) can lead to prosecution.
Kindly note that all persons on a fishing vessel, engaged in commercial fishing are required to have a fisherfolk license and the vessel must also be registered with the #belizefisheriesdepartment. All Marine products caught must be within season and the legally required size limits.
Anyone who has any information on Fisheries violations or other concerns can contact the Hol Chan Marine Reserve at 226-2247 or via Whatsapp at 615-8673.