Conch and whelk season opens

The Department of Environment advises the public that the open season for conch and whelks begins on Sunday, 1 November, 2009 and runs through 30 April, 2010.

During the open season the catch limit for conch is five per person or 10 per boat, whichever is less. No one may purchase or receive more than five conch taken from Cayman waters in any one day.

During the open season the catch limit for whelks is 2.5 gallons in the shell or 2.5 pounds of processed whelks per day.

No one may take conch or whelk from any of the marine protected areas at any time.

Violation of this and any of the Marine Conservation Laws is an offence carrying a maximum penalty of $500,000 fine and one year in jail.

Upon conviction, forfeiture of the vessel or other equipment may also be ordered.

Persons may contact the Department of Environment at 916-4271 (Grand Cayman), 926-0136 (Cayman Brac), or 926-2342 (Little Cayman) or call 911 to report violations of any marine conservation legislation.

For the location of marine protected areas, rules and regulations visit the Department’s website at or reference the Island Pages in the Cayman Islands Yellow Pages.