A joint patrol between Southern Environmental Association Rangers and the Belize Coast Guard on Saturday ended with authorities apprehending Elexander Harris, Wilmer Enrique Limas Herrera, Wilmer Isaac Limas Calderon and Anuar Enrique Limas Cruz, for illegal fishing activity. All four men are from Honduras and according to a press release issued yesterday, they were caught in the Gladden Spit and Silk Caye Marine Reserve. They were all charged for fishing in a spawning aggregation area without a Special License Permit.
The fishermen appeared in the Independence Magistrate's Court on Monday. Harris and Enrique Limas Herrera pled guilty to fishing without the special license and were fined.
Isaac Limas Calderon and Enrique Limas Cruz were also charged for fishing without a valid license. Both men pled not guilty and were released on $1000 bail.
The Southern Environmental Association, known as SEA, reminds fishers that a Special permit is required to fish in the "elbow" or "point of reef" area of the Gladden Spit and Silk Caye Marine Reserve.