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Queen Conch Season Over Until November

Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources said that the annual queen conch seasonal closure begins today for the St. Croix and St. Thomas/St. John Districts, as established by regulation effective July 1, 2008.

Harvesting of queen conch is prohibited from June 1, 2022, through October 31, 2022.

Possession of queen conch is prohibited from June 15, 2022, through October 31, 2022.

Seasonal harvest closures conserve fished populations and help sustain and improve the fisheries of the Virgin Islands. The conch season will reopen on November 1, 2022, and will remain open until midnight, May 31, 2023, or until the 50,000 lb. quota per district is reached, whichever comes first.

Commissioner Oriol also reminds the public that harvesting and/or possession of Mutton and Lane Snapper are prohibited territory-wide from April 1 to June 30, 2022.

The commissioner asks for everyone’s cooperation to protect Virgin Islands resources for the present and future benefit of the people of the Virgin Islands.

For more information about queen conch or other fishing regulations, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 340-773-1082 in St. Croix and 340-775-6762 in St. Thomas or the Division of Environmental Enforcement at 340-773-5774 in St. Croix and 340-774-3320 in St. Thomas.

By John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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