A fisherman from Chunox Village was charged with fisheries offences before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson in Belize City today.
The fisherman is 30 year old Gilbert Perez who charged with two counts of abetting a person to engage in commercial fishing whilst not being the holder of a valid fisherman's license.
The incident for which Perez pleaded guilty occurred on March 20, 2019 when officials came upon a fishing vessel, Aquilla Dorada, within the Turneffe Islands. Two others persons, Jose Luis Antonio Jimenez and Jimeri Marquez, were on board the boat. When officials inquired about their license, Jimenez and Marquez were unable to produce any. Perez was then charged.
Perez pleaded guilty to the charges, and because he has two convictions for fisheries offences, he was fined $1,000 for each offence and was given until November 30 to pay the court. In default of payment, Perez would serve 3 months.
The Court’s records also showed that Perez owed the court a debt of $10,000, and that he has only paid $360. The Magistrate declared that Perez has one month to make payment towards the outstanding fine.