The 2015- 2016 lobster Belize season is coming to a close. The season opened on June 1, 2015 and lasted for eight and a half months and is scheduled to close on February 15, 2016.
The fisheries department issued a release today informing the general public of the closing of the lobster season which will remain closed until June 14, 2016.
Fisheries and government officials place this moratorium on lobster fishing for 3 1/2 months to allow the species to spawn and replenish.
During the closed season, possession or consumption of lobsters is illegal and the Department of fisheries states in the release that any person caught in possession of lobster during the closed season will be prosecuted in accordance with Fisheries Regulation 3 (1) (b) of the Fisheries Regulations, Chapter 210 of the Subsidiary Laws of Belize (2003).
The Fisheries Department also reminds fishers that lobster traps should be removed from fishing grounds during the closed fishing season and officials will be visiting camps and coastal fishing communities to take stock of lobster traps and will confiscate and destroy any lobster traps found in the waters of Belize.
The department also urges the public to report any violations in the Fisheries regulations and can contact the Department at 224-4552 or 203-2623.
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