Semum (trochus) season is officially declared, slated to begin around June 23rd. The season is declared to coincide with the lowest tide of the year.
President Surangel Whipps Jr. signed the declaration yesterday after OEK passed a resolution to open the season. The declaration was signed despite the fact that no buyer has been identified.
“Our Bureau will be looking for buyers. The more the better because it will raise price of trochus,” stated Whipps.
Latest semum (trochus) survey conducted by Bureau of Marine Resource and PICRC shows 20% increase in the number of trochus per hectare over the 2016 survey.
Estimated 2.9 million out of the 3.3 million estimated individuals are of legal harvestable size according to a survey conducted in 122 sites from Kayangel all the way to Peleliu.
Of the surveyed trochus count, 86% of the population are greater than the legal size of 3 inches and 48% of the population are greater than 4 inches.
This latest study conducted by both PICRC and BMR shows that the population of trochus has been increasing both in size and number as well as density.
Trochus is illegal to harvest unless authorized by resolution of Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK). Bureau of Marine Resources provides its survey data and recommendations to OEK. Based on data provided in the survey, OEK through a resolution may open or close a harvest season for trochus. (By: L.N. Reklai)

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