The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs all fishers and the public that in accordance with Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2012, Dr. Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, will declare the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) fishery season closed at the end of business on March 27, 2020. This is necessary due to the realization of the Queen Conch production quota for the 2019-2020 fishing season.
The fishing community is advised that all conch fishing activities shall cease as of the date of closure until the opening of the next fishing season on October 1, 2020.
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 March 27th. Any person or establishment found in possession of the Queen Conch meat after this date will be charged and prosecuted in a court of law in accordance with the Fisheries Regulations.
The Fisheries Department advises the public to report any illegal fisheries activity by calling telephone numbers: 224-4552 or 223-2623.