(CMR) The Department of Environment wishes to advise the general public that conch and whelk season closes May 1, 2019.
Anyone who is caught possessing, attempting to sell or buy conchs or whelks during the closed season will face prosecution under the National Conservation Law. The season will re-open at the end of October.
DOE Legislation Implementation Unit Manager John Bothwell stated that:
“We do the closed season over the summer because that is when these animals are most reproductively active, so it does give them a bit of a chance to catch up reproduction wise, but again, we are talking several years to go from a baby conch to the conch we eat, so it’s really about just limiting how much conch is taking over all for the year.”