Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for or Possession of Queen Conch in Federal Waters off St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

May 23, 2019

FB19-028: Caribbean Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Sarah Stephenson, 727-824-5305, sarah.stephenson@noaa.gov

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WHAT IS HAPPENING AND WHEN:

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, 2019
  • The queen conch harvest season will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local time, on November 1, 2019.
  • 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 (see map below).
  • Possession of queen conch in U.S. Virgin Island jurisdictional waters (0 - 3 nautical miles) is prohibited June 1 through October 31.
  • Possession of queen conch in Puerto Rico jurisdictional waters (0 - 9 nautical miles) is prohibited August 1 through October 31.

 

WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:

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

During the open season (November 1 – May 31), fishing for queen conch in U.S. Caribbean federal waters is only allowed in waters east of 64°34′ W longitude.  Remaining federal waters are closed year-round to all fishing for queen conch.

 

Figure 1 Queen conch closure area

 


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on May 23, 2019