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).
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.
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
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:
Fishery Management Council
c/o Livia M. Montalvo
268 Muņoz Rivera Ave., Suite 1108
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918-2577
(787) 766-5926 Fax: (787) 766-6239