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Dominican captains fined$75k for poaching

A magistrate has fined the captains of two Dominican fishing vessels a total of$75,000 for poaching in Bahamian waters.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force intercepted two 65-foot vessels in the Ragged Island chain on December 4. It seized large quantities of marine life on the vessels.

The captains, and their crew, admitted to poaching and being in possession of prohibited fishing equipment such as compressors and spears when they appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell yesterday.

Bethell fined one of the captains$50,000. The other captain was fined$25,000. They will spend one year in prison if the fines are not paid.

The 19 crew members of one of the boats were given the option of paying fines of$500 each. If the fines are not paid they could spend three months in prison. The 63 crew members of the other boat will have to pay$450 each to avoid serving three month sentences at Her Majesty’s Prison.

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