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Lobster Seasons Begins; TASA Officers Make Huge Lobster Tail Bust

Lobster season officially opened today but some fishermen got too excited as they were busted with illegal lobster tails a day before the season started. Yesterday evening, conservation officers seized thirty-seven illegally caught lobster tails. The officers were on a routine patrol when they noticed four men in a vessel. Two remained on board while the other two remained in the water for over an hour. The team then intercepted the vessel and was able to retrieve the tails. Meanwhile,  the first day of the lobster season 2022 proved to be a success for the Caye Caulker Northern Fishermen Cooperative Society Ltd. The Fisheries Department recently announced that the implementation of the new lobster regulations will be deferred until next year. However, the department is keen on reminding fishers of the standing regulations, which state that the minimum carapace length is three inches, the minimum tail weight is four ounces and that it is illegal to have in possession any soft shell lobster or female with eggs. Also, it is illegal to remove from any female lobster, any eggs or spawn or the setae with any eggs or spawn attached. The season officially opened today and will run up until February 28, 2023.