Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2023. 8:34 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: It is time to enjoy those tasty conch ceviches and conch soups as the conch season re-opens.
The Belize Fisheries Department reminds that the conch season will officially open from October 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024.
The public is advised that if the conch production quota is realized earlier, the conch season will be declared closed.
Fisheries Regulations that relate to Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) are as follows:
No person shall take in the waters of Belize or buy, sell, or have in his possession-any conch between the 1st July to 30th September, inclusive, in any year.
At any time, conch the overall shell length of which does not exceed 7 inches (17.8 centimetres).
The weight of unprocessed conch taken which does not exceed 7 ½ ounces (213 grams);
The weight of partially processed (market clean) conch taken which does not exceed 3 ounces (85 grams)
The weight of fully processed (fillet) conch taken which does not exceed 2 ¾ ounces (78 grams).
No fisherman shall buy, sell, or have in his possession in Belize, fillet, or diced conch (Strombus gigas) meat other than market clean, except under a special permit issued by the Fisheries Administrator.
No person or establishment shall buy, sell or have in his possession diced conch (Strombus gigas) meat except under a special permit issued by the Fisheries Administrator.
No person shall export or attempt to export conch more than any quota granted in accordance with the Fisheries Resources Act.
You can report any illegal fisheries activity by calling 224-4552.
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