We remind the fishing community that the season for the fishing, harvesting or capture of the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) is closed. The season closed today. However, the Belize Fisheries Department is granting an 8 day grace period to restaurateurs and the general public to allow persons to consume and dispose of all Queen Conch in their possession. This period ends on Friday 31st May. The Department warns that any person found in possession of the Queen Conch after the 31st will be charged and prosecuted in a Court of Law in accordance to the Fisheries Regulations. The season will reopen on the 1st of October.