Conch season is officially open.
But that does not mean it’s a free for all.
In fact, DoE Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie is reminding conch lovers and conch harvesters the new national conservation law in is effect and there’s a new criminal offence for breaches.
Mrs. Ebanks-Petrie says under the new law even if a person receives illegally obtained species of conch or lobster as a gift or donation they are still committing an offence and subject to penalties.
“So it is illegal for people top receive lobster, conch or any species that have been taken illegally, either out of season, in the wrong area, in excess of the catch limit etcetera,” she says.
During conch season you are permitted to harvest five conch per person or ten conch per boat per day, which ever is the lesser value.
And of course lobster season begins in December.