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Oct 8, 2019

Conch Season is Open!

The Fisheries Department says that they are ready for the new conch season. If you’ll recall the season was closed off two months early because the quota for the queen conch fishery was met by May first. The closure has come and gone, as the season re-opened on October first. Beverly Wade, the Fisheries Administrator, says that they expect a good year and will be monitoring the waters to curb illegal fishing.

 

Beverly Wade

Beverly Wade, Fisheries Administrator

“We are feeling very good about the conch season. As a matter of fact, the production for the first couple weeks has been excellent. I notice all over social media there are pictures of fishermen boasting about their catch. So far it looks very good for us. We are just fortunate in Belize that we have a management regime that is answering to the various considerations for conch and we are grateful that we still have a viable fishery because at the end of the day, it is important for the livelihood of our three thousand plus fishers. And we look forward to a good season. We have taken the adaptive management approach to our conch fishery where we monitor periodically through the open season to ensure that it is performing the way that we expect it to perform and as you said to apply the decisions that will ensure not only a good season for this year, but also a good season for next year.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And now Miss Bev, I know that one of the problems that the conch, the lobster experience, those illegal fishers and those persons who are not complying with the law. Is there any maybe stepping up of monitoring and enforcement measures on behalf of the Fisheries Department?”

 

Beverly Wade

“Of course and we work very closely with our partner agencies and even our N.G.O.s.  And so during this time, there is a heightened vigilance within the water and also a lot of outreach with the fishing community because at the end of the day, it really depends on their buy-in to why we need compliance by them.  And of course with the passage of the fisheries bill, I think that will bolster our enforcement effectiveness at the end of the day.”


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