SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Strombus gigas

SPECIES NAME(s)

Queen conch, pink conch

COMMON NAMES

Queen conch

Strombus gigas is native to north and Central America. It is encountered along the Atlantic coast from South Carolina to the Florida Keys and in the Caribbean Sea and the Bahamas islands at depths from 0.3 to 18 m. S. gigas migrates en masse in offshore directions moving in a flood tide direction (Stoner et al. 1992, Stoner and Lally 1994). 

In the past, a unique population was considered to exist in the Caribbean basin, distinct to the Bermudas’ stock (Mitton et al. 1989). But more recent techniques conducted (e.g. Pérez-Enriquez et al. 2011; Zamora-Bustillos et al. 2011; Appeldoorn and Baker 2013; Banks et al. 2014) have been contributing to the identification of several populations of queen conch in the Caribbean region. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) however considers that more deep research should be developed to understand the structure at a local level (NMFS 2014).

In Honduras, a critical decline in exports in 2004 resulted in commercial fishery suspension since 2003, the domestic consuption is prohibited since 2005 and harvest for scientific surveys is resctricted to 210 t annualy, (Ehrhardt and Galo 2005).


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