The managers of the Caye Caulker Reserve often tell us that the reserve is under siege from lawless fishermen who are known to have law enforcement look the other way.
Well, they didn't look the other way when 31 year old Elvin Isaac Jimenez, a fisherman from Sarteneja Village, Corozal was caught poaching conch.
That happened on April 1, 2017, at about 6:45 a.m., when fisheries found Jimenez inside a canoe with diving gear, and a crocus sack with 28 undersized conch.
So, he was charged with possession of undersized conch, and fishing in a conservation zone.
In court, Jimenez appeared before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser where he pleaded guilty. He told the court that he never knew the area was a no fishing area because it was a marine reserve.
For the offense of fishing in a marine reserve, he was fined $100 dollars, plus $150.00 for the possession of undersize conchs, plus an additional $560 imposed upon him for the 28 undersized conchs at $20 each. He has to pay this fine by August 15, 2017, in default, serve 1 month in jail.