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Environment announces closure for capture and consumption of lambí

Environment announces closure for capture and consumption of lambí

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  – The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources announced the closure for the capture, commercialization and consumption of the lambí from this month until the end of October.

Reported that the provision prohibiting the fishing of the lambí (Strombus gigas / Lobatus gigas), in the period between July 1 to October 31, throughout the national territory responds to the mandate of Law number 307-04 in its articles 53, 54, 57, 58, 59, 61 and 62 and Decree 499-09 of July 7, 2009, according to a notice from the Dominican Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Codopesca).

Explains that the closure includes the capture of the individuals of Iambí at any stage of their life cycle and snails of the snail types fotuto (Charonia variegata), mule leg (Cassis tuberosa), burgao (Cittarium pica) and burgao santa maría (Astraea coelata).

He urged the owners and administrators of supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, fishmongers and fishermen, to refrain from fishing, storing, acquiring or marketing this product during the specified closure period.

It adds that, however, as established in the aforementioned decree, “within a period not exceeding five working days from the date of entry into force of the established closure period, any natural or legal person who had a mass stock of lambí or alive specimens in captivity, will be in the obligation of communicating it to the Dominican Council of Fishing and Aquaculture (Codopesca), for purposes of inspection, verification, monitoring and control “.

He said that this mass and / or living specimens declared must be consumed, marketed or discarded within 20 days after the ban began, so after this period, any existence detected will be considered illegal and seized.

About the lambí

The fall of the enormous populations of lambí have coincided with the deterioration of the coastal ecosystems and the mortality and disappearance of many of our coral reef systems.

The lambí belongs to the Mollusca type, family Strombidae. Previously it belonged to the genus Strombus but was changed by experts to the genus Lobatus. It is one of the biggest snails of our coasts, but the one that more; and they usually live or buried in sand or soft muddy bottoms or between seagrass beds. They can inhabit from zero meters to 30 meters deep and measure up to 300 millimeters in length.

Due to overfishing, it is no longer an economic activity that is sustained in coastal areas, so Dominican fishing vessels have to venture to deeper waters and international waters, sometimes to find the precious animal.

Because of the danger and the situation in which they find themselves, they have been listed in Appendix II of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna). This same reason led the Dominican State to establish a ban on its capture and commercialization from every July 1 to October 31 to try to recover the populations.

Attempts have been made in several places to establish breeding in captivity but their breeding has not been successful so far.

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