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Conch Season opens Oct 1.

Posted By: Marty

Conch Season opens Oct 1. - 10/02/17 12:19 PM

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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 24th, 2018.

Conch season runs from October 1 - June 30th of each year. Conch is a common name that is applied to a number of different medium to large-sized shells. The term generally applies to large snails whose shell has a high spire and a noticeable siphonal canal (in other words, the shell comes to a noticeable point at both ends).

In North America, a conch is often identified as a queen conch, found off the coast of Florida. Queen conches are valued for fish bait, and are also known as seafood.

The group of conchs that are sometimes referred to as "true conchs" are marine gastropod molluscs in the family Strombidae, specifically in the genus Strombus and other closely related genera. For example, see Lobatus gigas, the queen conch, and Laevistrombus canarium, the dog conch.

Many other species are also often called "conch", but are not at all closely related to the family Strombidae, including Melongena species (family Melongenidae), and the horse conch Triplofusus giganteus (family Fasciolariidae). Species commonly referred to as conchs also include the sacred chank or more correctly shankha shell (Turbinella pyrum) and other Turbinella species in the family Turbinellidae.





Posted By: Marty

Re: Conch Season opens Oct 1. - 11/01/17 09:38 PM

Queen Conch Quota

The public is informed that the production quota for market clean conch meat for the season 2017-2018 has been set at 884,092 pounds.

The opening of conch season is from October 1st, 2017 to June 30th, 2018. The public is advised that if the conch production quota is realized earlier, the conch season will be declared closed.

The Fisheries Department hereby makes a special appeal to and urges responsible citizens to call 224-4552/203-2623, email [email protected] or Crime Stoppers Belize at 0-800-922-TIPS (8477) to report any Fisheries infractions. The Department assures that all information communicated will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Fisheries Regulation which relates to Queen Conch (Strombus gigas):

Regulation 6 (1) No person shall take in the waters of Belize, buy, sell or have in his possession:

a) any conch between the 1st July and the 30th September, inclusive, in any year;

b) i) at any time, conch the overall shell length of which does not exceed 7 inches (17.8 centimeters);

ii) the weight of unprocessed conch taken which does not exceed 7 ounces (213 grams);

iii) the weight of partially process (market clean) conch taken which does not exceed 3 ounces (85 grams);

iv) the weight of fully process (fillet) conch taken which does not exceed 2 ounces (78 grams);

Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of the Fisheries Act, commits an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction.

*This above is in accordance with Regulation 24A (2) of Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2012 of the Fisheries (Amendment) Regulations, 2012.

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