Queen Conch Season Reopens to Fishing on November 1

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The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources Informs the public that the annual queen conch season commenced on Nov. 1 for both the St. Croix and St. Thomas/St. John districts.

Harvesting of queen conch is allowed from November 1, 2021, and will remain open until midnight, May 31, 2022, or until the 50,000 lbs. quota per district is reached, whichever comes first.

In addition, neither harvest nor possession of vermilion, black, silk or blackfin snapper are permitted from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 in the St. Thomas/St. John District.  St. Croix is exempt from the seasonal closure for these species in territorial waters.

Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol asks for everyone’s cooperation to protect V.I. resources for the present and future benefit of the people of the territory.

For more information about queen conch or other fishing regulations, contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 773-1082 on St. Croix or 775-6762 on St. Thomas, or contact the Division of Environmental Enforcement at 773-5774 on St. Croix or 775-6762 on St. Thomas.