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Queen Conch fishing season to close early on June 9th

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2024. 3:49 am CST.

By Horace Palacio: The Belize Fisheries Department announced this week the early closure of the Queen Conch fishing season, effective June 9th, 2024. The decision comes as the national production quota for the 2023-2024 season has been reached.

The closure, mandated by Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2012, is part of the government’s ongoing commitment to sustainable fisheries management and the protection of the Queen Conch population. This important marine species plays a vital role in the country’s economy and ecosystem.

All conch fishing activities must cease by the end of business on June 9th. Fishers and the public are reminded that possession of Queen Conch meat after this date is illegal and may result in prosecution.

Establishments and individuals are encouraged to use, consume, or dispose of any Queen Conch meat in their possession by June 9th to avoid legal penalties.

The Fisheries Department urges the public to report any suspected illegal fishing activity by calling 224-4552. This collaborative effort is crucial to ensure the health of Belize’s marine resources and the sustainability of the Queen Conch fishery for future generations.

The next Queen Conch fishing season will open on October 1st, 2024, as per the established schedule.

 

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