Department of Environment and Coastal Resources
Resumption of Conch Season & Closure of Nassau Grouper Season
Monday, 15th October 2018, will see the opening of the 2018-2019 the Queen conch season. The open season allows the export of conch meat (frozen or dried) and its derivatives (trimmings), conch pearls, conch shells and other conch products.
You are reminded of the following restrictions:
- Conch shells: siphonal length size restriction of a minimum of 7 inches; export of 4 or more shells requires a CITES permit applied for through the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR); and
- Conch meat: when removed from the shell, of a total weight of 8 ounces after the removal of the digestive gland.
The DECR would also like to remind all fishers, hotels and restaurants the closed season for Nassau Grouper shall be from the 1st of December 2018 to the 28th of February 2019.
The Fisheries Protection Ordinance (Amendment) Regulation 12(1A) states: “The close season in relation to Nassau grouper shall be from the first day of December to the twenty-eight day of February (inclusive) in each year or such other dates as may, from time to time, be appointed by the Governor in the Gazette”.
During the closed season, any person who fishes for, purchases or is in possession of a Nassau grouper will be committing an offence that is punishable by a fine of $5,000 or six months’ imprisonment or both. The DECR is seeking the cooperation of the public in the above matter.