Shark season opens; conch quota announced

Shark season opens

Shark season opens

Friday, November 3, 2017. Shark season officially opened on Wednesday of this week and continues until July thirty first of next year.

What this means is that only persons who have special license for fishing for sharks are allowed to fish for sharks in Belizean waters.

PGTV notes that according to the Fisheries regulations, it is not just any fisherman that can fish for sharks and officials will be monitoring loses to ensure that no one contravenes the law.

There are eight fishing zones in Belize and each fisherman is assigned to two of these zones.

Under Fisheries regulations the fishermen are required to document their catch and these are inspected by Fisheries Officers and personnel from the Belize National Coast Guard.

In other news from the Fisheries sector, authorities have set the production quota for market clean conch meat for the season 2017-2018 at 884,092 pounds.

According to an official release, Conch Season opened on October 1, 2017 and closes on June 30, 2018.

The Fisheries department says that if the conch production quota is realized earlier, the conch season will be declared closed.