Queen conch, Strombus gigas. (Photo: NOAA)
Queen conch ban periods set
Monday, March 23, 2015, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) determined the closure periods for commercial fishing of the queen conch (Strombus gigas) in waters of federal jurisdiction corresponding to the coast of Quintana Roo.
The Government's objective is to ensure the sustainable use of this resource.
Specifically, fishing is prohibited in Chinchorro, Quintana Roo and in the zone that extends from Punta Herrero, north of Majahual, to Bacalar Chico (also known as Canal de Zaragoza) on the border with Belize.
The ban is divided as follows:
- Since 20 March, 2015 to 28 February, 2017;
- From 2018 and following years throughout the month of February;
- From 1 May to 30 November of each year.
Thanks to the ban that began in 2013, the resource population in the Reserve of Chinchorro shows signs of recovery and a slight increase in indicators over previous years.
SAGARPA has the power to promote the sustainable use of the queen conch through the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA).
Finally, SAGARPA indicated in a statement that from the time the giant conch larva settles, it takes about four to five years for the resource to reach a size of 20 cm in total length.
In Quintana Roo annual catches of more than 300 tonnes of giant conch are reached.
- The queen conch shows recovery signs
By Analia Murias