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Regulations Guidelines for Queen Conch Fishing in the U.S. Caribbean EEZ, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Important notice:

For details, readers should contact the Council, or refer to the comprehensive amendment or the final rule. Any discrepancies between this documents, bulletin and the final rule as published in the Federal Register will be resolved in favor of the Federal Register.

For more information on rules and regulation on queen conch you may visit the Caribbean Fishery Management Council web page,  visit the FMP section and the fisheries regulations section.

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 queen conch   Strombus gigas

Closed Fishery

Fishing for or possession of queen conch in the EEZ is PROHIBITED, with the exception of Lang Bank, St. Croix, USVI (east of 64°34’W).

Fishing for or possession of queen conch allowed from October 1 through June 30 each year, at Lang Bank, St. Croix, USVI (east of 64°34’W).*

* See Federal Register/Vol. 70, No. 208/ Friday, October 28, 2005/ Rules and Regulations

Size Limit

The possession of undersized queen conch less than nine (9) inches total length or less than 3/8 inch lip thickness measured at the thickest point of the lip is PROHIBITED.  All species in the fisheries management unit must be landed still attached to the shell.

Queen conch harvest size limit. 

 Queen conch Strombus gigas, harvest size limitClick on graphic to enlarge

Quota and Bag Limits

Daily limit for non-commercial fishers is three (3) queen conch per day, not to exceed twelve (12) per boat.

Licensed commercial fishers may land one hundred and fifty (150) queen conch per day.

Gear Restrictions

Harvest of queen conch at Lang Bank east of St. Croix, USVI, using HOOKAH gear is PROHIBITED.


The present Guide has the purpose of providing appropriate information to fishers about regulations and helping in the recovery of the stocks and the sustainable use of marine fishery resources in the Caribbean.

This Guide is for general information purposes.  Fishery Regulations are subject to changes. 

For more information on fishery regulations you may visit the Federal Register.