Conch is a true Bahamian seafood delicacy. It’s hard to imagine a Bahamas without conch, but it could happen. Other countries in the region including our close neighbors in Florida, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti have lost their conch stocks because of over-fishing. Even the countries that are still able to harvest their conch for export to foreign countries have had to put tight restrictions on how, when, and where the conch are allowed to be fished. There is a growing amount of scientific evidence that shows conch stocks are being depleted to a dangerously low level in The Bahamas. Its not too difficult to find someone, especially an elder fisherman, with tales of how many more conchs there used to be. The time to act to make sure there are always conch in The Bahamas is now! We hope you’ll join our nation-wide effort to empower communities throughout the country to protect their conchs for today and for tomorrow. Education is key!
DO YOU KNOW THE FACTS?
The conch we love to eat in The Bahamas is known regionally as the QUEEN CONCH or by its scientific, latin name Strombus gigas…or according to more recent taxonmic studies Lobatus gigas.
Conchs are herbivores. They eat algae that grows on the seabed and on sea grasses.
It is illegal to take a queen conch in the state of Florida. Both commercial and recreational conch fishing was banned in the 1980s and the stocks still have not returned to their former numbers.