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TCI: Closing of 2018 Conch Season

#Providenciales, July 20, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – Please be advised that the 2018 Conch Season is now closed as of Sunday, 15 July 2018.

The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that export of conch meat is be prohibited during the period of July 15 – October 14, 2018.

Only the following exports of conch products will be allowed:

  1. Conch pearls;
  2. Conch shells (size restriction of a minimum of 7 inches; export of 4 or more shells requires a CITES permit applied for through the DECR); and
  3. Conch shell products.

The DECR therefore suggests that all persons make provisions to accommodate the closure of the export season.

While consumption of conch within the TCI is permitted year-round, the DECR appeals particularly to Hotel owners/managers that all efforts should be made to educate/inform their guest on the particulars of exporting conch products.

Please contact the department for clarifications pertaining to the above matter at Tel. 338-4170 or email


Release: TCIG


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