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Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

Minister of Fisheries Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Honorable Lisel Alamilla, declared the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) season closed on Thursday May 23rd. The season was closed after the four registered and active fishermen cooperatives have filled their quotas for conch meat. The closure comes in accordance with Statutory Instrument 54 of 2012 which allows for the minister to close the conch season after quotas are met by the various cooperatives.

While the season closure prohibits anyone from harvesting or capturing any conch, Restaurant operators and the general public are given an 8 day grace period ending on Friday May 31 during which conch in their possession should be consumed or disposed of.

Any person found in possession of the Queen Conch after Friday May 31st will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.