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Conch and whelk seasons closed

The Department of Environment is reminding the public that fishing for conch and whelk in local waters is temporarily prohibited during the closed season, which began on May 1.

“The closed season for conch and whelk is designed to give the local population a break from harvesting during the parts of the year when they reproduce the most,” said John Bothwell, DoE senior research officer.

“The closed season is an effective and efficient way to limit the harvesting of conch and whelk, in order to support sustainable recreational fisheries in the Cayman Islands for both of these species,” Bothwell added.

Until Nov. 1 it is unlawful to take, purchase, receive or possess conch or whelk originating from Cayman waters. Bothwell added that everyone should also remember it is illegal to fish for lobsters until Dec. 1.

“We urge persons not to support poaching. Don’t buy conch, whelk or lobster from people during the closed season. It is a crime and should be reported to authorities,” he said.

Anyone who suspect poaching of conch or whelk or lobster can call 911, or DoE enforcement officers directly on 916-4271 (Grand Cayman), 926-0136 (Cayman Brac) and 916-7021 (Little Cayman).

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