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International Queen Conch Initiative

(Queen Conch Working Group)

On July of 1991, after the "Workshop on Biology, Fisheries, Mariculture and Management of the Queen Conch, strombus gigas, held in Caracas, Venezuela, many scientific and management officers expressed their worry about the status of the resource in the Caribbean region and the need to implement a common regional management strategy for this fishery.  Dr. Orlando Mora L., who was representing Colombia as the Director of the National Institute of Fishery and Aquaculture, suggested that resource managers from each of the Caribbean countries should meet with the objective of establishing a regional management approach for the queen conch. In 1996, Dr. Mora's idea materialized, as the First International Queen Conch Conference, supported by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (CFMC, U.S. Department of Commerce), the Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The Conference was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on July 29-31, 1996.  It convened fishery managers and scientists from the Caribbean Region to discuss the latest information available on research, stock assessment and management alternatives for the queen conch fishery.  The participants agreed, as stated in the Declaration of San Juan, adopted at the Conference as the initial step of the International Queen Conch Initiative, to promote a common international management strategy for the queen conch resource in the Caribbean region.

The links in this site provide access to information on Caribbean countries interested in fishery management as well as general information on important entities such as CARICOM, CFMC, FAO among others.  The user is invited to visit these pages to obtain detailed information on these organizations and their participation in the fisheries of the Caribbean.

If you are interested in sharing a scientific paper, report or link to reports on Strombus gigas at this site, please send a copy in PDF, WordPerfect or MS Word compatible format to Livia M. Montalvo, contact person, or by regular mail to:

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