Monday 30 November, 2020

Turks and Caicos takes stock of Queen conch population

With the Queen conch declining in abundance in the Caribbean region, the Turks and Caicos Islands have been taking steps to evaluate the population of the Queen conch in its territory.  

The Turks and Caicos Islands have commercially fished for Caribbean spiny lobster, Queen conch and various finfish species as a source of protein and income.  

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The Lobatus gigas, Queen conch continues to be one of the two major economically important fisheries for the Turks and Caicos Islands.  

However, TCI knows it is not immune to the limitations of the species.  

The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources has been conducting a piloted visual assessment of the Queen conch on the Caicos Bank to assist in determining the current status of the species in the TCI.  

Additionally, the Department in collaboration with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, has submitted a proposal for additional funding to continue an assessment to obtain more abundance information, local consumption patterns, biological data and trade restrictions specific to the Queen conch. 

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