October 1 marked the official opening of the conch season here in Belize. Conch is a staple of Belizean seafood cuisine and it is a healthy and natural food that’s also “good for the back”, said to be an aphrodisiac. Conch is a fleshy marine mollusc that thrives in our barrier reef system. Free divers harvest conch based on size and weight limits. October 1st marks the opening of the fishing season for Queen Conch throughout Belize. The Belize Fisheries Department advises Restaurateurs and the General Public to use, consume and dispose of all Queen Conch meat in their possession on or before June 30 the following year before the closure of the conch season.
1. Shell length should exceed seven (7) inches
2. Market-clean weight should exceed three (3) ounces
3. Fillet weight should exceed 2.75 ounces
Please report any illegal fishing activity to the Belize Fisheries Department at 224-4552 or 223-2623.