October 1, 2016 conch season bus open



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.
The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs all fishers and the General Public that in accordance with Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2012, the Honorable Gaspar Vega, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development will declare the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) fishery closed at the close of business on June 24th, 2016.

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 1st October, 2017.

The Belize Fisheries Department further advises Restauranteurs and the General Public to use, consume and dispose of all Queen Conch meat in their possession on or before June 24th, 2017.

Any person or establishment found in possession of the Queen Conch meat after Friday June 24th, 2017 will be charged and prosecuted in a Court of Law in accordance to the Fisheries Regulations.

The Fisheries Department advises
 the General Public to report any illegal fisheries activity by calling telephone numbers: 224-4552 or 223-2623.
ctober 1 marked the official opening of the conch season here in Belize. Conch is a staple of Belizean seafood cuisine and it is a healthy and natural food that’s also “good for the back”, said to be an aphrodisiac. Conch is a fleshy marine mollusc that thrives in our barrier reef system. Free divers harvest conch based on size and weight limits. The season will be open until June 30, 2016 or until the national harvest quota of a million pounds is filled.

Now’s the time to enjoy the bounty of our reef and marine system with some amazing conch dishes such as conch soup, conch steak, conch ceviche, or conch fritters. The shells of the conch are highly decorative and are used to make ornaments and jewellery which can be purchased from vendors around the country. Come enjoy with us and please remember to only purchase conch when in season so that future generations can enjoy as well!

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