On August 9th and 10th, 2018 a joint enforcement operation with Belize Audubon Society, Belize Coast Guard, Belize Fisheries Department, and Belize Police Department resulted in seven (7) fishermen found in possession of 614 market-cleaned conchs. These men will be charged for Possession of Conch during the Closed Season. Their fishing vessel and its subsequent equipment have since been confiscated.
The operation then led to a further search in the dense mangrove on Long Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll which resulted in the discovery of 1,916 market-cleaned conchs. The abandoned conch was then labeled as found property.
The Belize Audubon Society, Belize Fisheries Department and Belize Goast Guard will continue to be vigilant in the entire Lighthouse Reef Atoll Area.
The Belize Fisheries Department reminds the public that the Conch Season is CLOSED from July 1st to September 30th, 2018. Any person found in possession of conch during the closed season will be prosecuted in accordance to the Fisheries Regulation to the fullest extent of the law.
Belize Audubon Society takes this opportunity to thank the Belize Coast Guard, Belize Fisheries Department and The Police Department for their continued support.