Here's a gentle reminder that the 2021-2022 Queen Conch Season in Belize closes today - June 26 2022, due to the quota for this year being met earlier than the June 30 scheduled closure date.

The fishing community is advised that all conch fishing activities shall cease as of this date, until the opening of the next fishing season on October 1 2022.

General information: Queen Conch is harvested through a managed fishery throughout its range. Regulations on time of year and location where the queen conch can and cannot be captured are defined by most countries where it is fished. This species is highly sought after for their meat and are one of the most valuable species in the Caribbean. For this reason, they are vulnerable to overfishing.

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The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs all fishers and the Public that in accordance with Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2012, the Honourable Andre Perez, Minister of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation will declare the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) fishery closed at the close of business on June 26th, 2022. This is necessary due to the realization of the Queen Conch Production Quota for the 2021-2022 fishing season.

The fishing community is advised that all conch fishing activities shall cease as of this date until the opening of the next fishing season on October 1st, 2022.

The Belize Fisheries Department further advises all establishments and the Public to use, consume and dispose of all Queen Conch meat in their possession on or before June 26, 2022.

Any person or establishment found in possession of the Queen Conch meat after June 26, 2022 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.