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post #1 of Old 11-02-2003 Thread Starter
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I''ve said this before. Now, one trial of an "illegal" fishing boat is over. Two kids from Hull Bay, St. Thomas, who were SELLING THEIR FISH TO THE BVI GOVERNMENT. They pleaded guilty, got $11,000.00 in fines and had their 32'' family (old) fishing boat STOLEN by the BVI government. The younger kid (both Berrys)is only 16. A guy with dual citizenship set them up, the BVI government was buying the fish - for months prior - then Lettsome (the "fisheries minister") had them arrested, jailed and held last December. See, now you can only keep 30# of fish from the BVI. The rest has to be delivered to Road Town to Lettsome''s BROTHER so he can resell and get rich. Thus far, three boats have been seized. One from Puerto Rico had the ex-gov''s daughter onboard. One phone call yielded profuse apology - the BVI would crash without the Puerto Rican Navy (the weekenders). The Black Pearl is due to be in court in the next couple of weeks. Here''s the bottom line. "Norm Isaacs" of ESPN 2 fame has set up the BVI government and convinced them they can steal all the charter fishing boats from the USVI and help their economy. In doing so, they are running around seizing boats and scaring people into buying BVI fishing licenses at $2,500.00 per YEAR. Yet they fish U.S. waters with impunity. They see their waters going 200 miles offshore. Please, if you can''t charter in the USVI PR or downisland, at least mention the problem to your charter company. If they tell you anything different, they''re lying. These are U.S. citizens getting jailed and ripped off for their boats and gear. Of course, as a sailor first and a fisherman second, I can see why some would ignore this plea, but the Berry kids live right down the hill from me. They''ve lost tens of thousands of dollars they can''t afford, and if they don''t pay the fines by mid-December, they get six months in jail. See (St. Thomas Source). You won''t see anything about it in the BVI source. Thanks, Norm, for your kind efforts on AMERICAN fisherperson''s behalf. Oh yeah, when everyone''s boats were "seized" you COULDN''T GET A DAMN LICENSE. This has been going on for years. It''s time for it to stop. Please help. Viexile.
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