Posted: Monday, April 8, 2019. 4:57 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Belize Fisheries Department today informed that in accordance with Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2012, Omar Figueroa, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development will declare the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) fishery closed on April 30, 2019.
This is necessary due to the realization of the Queen Conch quota.
The fishing community is advised that all Queen Conch fishing activities shall cease until the opening of the fishing season on 1st October 2019.
The Belize Fisheries Department further advises Restauranteurs and the Public to use, consume and dispose of all Queen Conch meat in their possession on or before April 30, 2019.
Any person or establishment found in possession of the Queen Conch meat after April 30, 2019, will be charged and prosecuted in a Court of Law in accordance with the Fisheries Regulations.
The Fisheries Department encourages the public to report any illegal fisheries activity by calling telephone numbers: 224-4552 or 223-2623.
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