Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for, Possession of Queen Conch Begins June 1

Queen conch

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries reminds the public of the upcoming seasonal prohibition on fishing for or possession on board a fishing vessel of queen conch.

  • This annually recurring prohibition will take effect at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2020.
  • The queen conch harvest season will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local time, on Nov. 1, 2020.
  • The closure applies in federal waters east of 64°34′ W longitude, including that portion of the Lang Bank area falling within those federal waters.
  • Remaining federal waters are closed year-round to all fishing for queen conch.
  • Possession of queen conch in U.S. Virgin Island jurisdictional waters (0 – 3 nautical miles) is prohibited June 1 through Oct. 31.
  • Possession of queen conch in Puerto Rico jurisdictional waters (0 – 9 nautical miles) is prohibited Aug. 1 through Oct. 31.

This seasonal closure protects queen conch when they are spawning (reproducing) and therefore more vulnerable to fishing pressure.

During the open season (Nov. 1 – May 31), fishing for queen conch in U.S. Caribbean federal waters is only allowed in waters east of 64°34′ W longitude.

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