Monday, May 20, 2024

Florida Stone Crab

Stone Crab season goes into effect in July 2023; only licensed fishers allowed to fish

On August 16th, the Belize Fisheries Department and the Ministry of the Blue Economy announced new legislation to implement the country's first-ever season for the Florida Stone Crab. The closed season was set from July 1st to September 30th, mandating that no stone crab fishing was supposed to occur. Several fishers protested that they were not aware of this new law. On Thursday, August 25, the Fisheries Department issued an update that the closing season would not go into effect until 2023.

New regulations introduced for fishing stone crab; season established

The Belize Fisheries Department, Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation takes this opportunity to inform the fishing community and the public of the new requirement for the Florida Stone Crab fishery as per Statutory Instrument No. 108 of 2022.