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May 03, 2013
Conch and Bahamian Youth

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The recent Bahamas National Trust first National Natural History Conference held at COB was notable for a number of reasons. The conference chronicled a number of scientific papers on a wide range...

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April 26, 2013
Fishermen fear conch season

Amid a national campaign to save the conch, fishermen fear radical measures could jeopardize their livelihoods.
The precious mollusc plays a crucial role in the country's economy, culture and national identity. However, overfishing, premature harvesting and poaching by foreign vessels have reduced the conch population to alarming levels.
Many environmentalists worry the conch could be pushed to the brink of extinction. Bahamians will have their chance to offer their concerns and recommendations at the official launch of "Conchservation" tomorrow at Arawak Cay from noon until 4 p.m.
Adrian La Roda, a spokesperson for the Bahamas Commercial Fishers
Alliance (BCFA), said that industry supports the sustainable harvesting of marine resources.
Careful thought and consultation should take place with fishermen, he said, to ensure no hasty decisions are made.
"We do not agree with specifying a conch season," he explained. "Sustainability is first and foremost, but the implementation of conservation efforts has to be well thought out and not done by a select group of people. Trust me, the information fishermen have is more valuable."
La Roda argues that imposing seasonal fishing or an outright ban would cripple the industry. Instead, the BCFA is pushing for protected areas and having established nurseries.
"They would have enough of a population to sustain the other areas that are not protected. Conchs will eventually migrate," he told Guardian Business. "Right now they would love to say, put in a season or close it down. We would never agree to it. But we do agree there needs to be conservation."
One stumbling block to progress is the government does not have the resources to perform accurate marine studies, La Roda said. The only solution is to go directly to Bahamians that are actively harvesting the conch.
Jared Dillet, co-coordinator of the Conchservation campaign, agreed that there are sparse statistics when it comes to conch. Little is known about how much conch is consumed domestically on a yearly basis. While the animal is apparently the country's second largest export, after lobster, the campaign did not know exactly how much is sold abroad on an annual basis.
All Dillet knows is more information is needed and a national dialogue is underway.
"This is about engagement. We have to take it to the people and have some intense discussions," he said.
When asked by Guardian Business if enforcing a conch season is on the table, he said, "I'm sure it will be there. But there are other management measures, such has ensuring conchs being harvested are of a certain maturity. Enforcement isn't our mandate, but there are provisions out there that if a conch is immature, there is a fine and possible imprisonment."
Policing illegal conch fishing, however, is entirely another matter in an archipelagic nation. The Bahamas has struggled with enforcing the rules and regulations of the fishing industry for years, particularly the issue of poaching from neighboring countries.
Dillet said these realities can not be used as an excuse, or a cultural symbol of The Bahamas could indeed fade away.
"If we do not manage the resource, it can go towards extinction. We have to look at our stocks and make decisions," he said.
The Conchservation campaign is being spearheaded by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT). Back in March, the Sandals Foundation made a $15,000 donation to get the campaign started. U.S. environmentalist and attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will attend tomorrow's event.

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Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience celebrate 22 years in Grand Bahamas
August 07, 2014
Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience celebrate 22 years in Grand Bahamas

Tony Macaroni's World Famous Conch Experience in Grand Bahama, known for some of the best conch and fish dishes on the island is celebrating 22 years in Grand Bahama...

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March 30, 2012
Official: Underwater harvesting of conch hurting fishing industry

Poachers are "beating the system" through a loophole in the country's fisheries regulations which one fisheries official said is allowing them to harvest undersized catches.

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September 12, 2011
Roberts: Conch Beds Destroyed by Jet Skis

Jet skis operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd. are driving Berry Islands fishermen farther away from profits -- with the activity depleting the natural conch bed they rely on. The situation has led those who depend on fishing - one of the biggest sources of employment in the islands - to move beyond their usual spots to feed themselves and their families.

"When I came here, the conch bed had a tremendous amount of conch," said Captain Antonio Roberts.

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April 27, 2014
Sandals Foundation contributes 15,500US to conch conservation

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Conch Conservation awareness will get a renewed boost thanks to a recent donation given to the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) by the Sandals Foundation.
Last week the Foundation handed over a cheque for $15,500US to the BNT to assist with its conch conservation programme's public awareness initiative. The initiative seeks to educate the Bahamas and the world about why conch conservation and preservation is vital to this country's economic and environmental future.
In its first year, the Sandals Foundation stepped up to the conservation effort with an initial US$15,000 donation. This initial donation helped the BNT to begin it's public awareness campaign through printed documents and online forums.
"The Sandals Foundation is pleased to partner with the Bahamas National Trust once again to sustain conch fisheries here in the Bahamas. One of the most important steps in ensuring this is to educate our youth and the public on the role they play in preserving our precious resources," said Heidi Clarke, the Sandals Foundation's Director of Programmes.
Environment is one of the three pillars under which the Sandals Foundation operates, along with Education and Community. This recent donation falls under those three pillars, as the Foundation continues to herald its commitment to marine resources not only in the Bahamas, but across the Caribbean.

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September 28, 2012
40th Annual McLean's Town Conch Cracking Competition Festival announced

What does The Bahamas have that no other country in the world has? Well besides Junkanoo, it is our Conch Cracking Competition! Each year,

McLean's Town in Grand Bahama Island hosts their

Conch Cracking Contest, where people flock to the usually sleepy settlement to find out who will be crowned "Best Conch Cracker".

The one-day event  will take place on

Monday, October 12th. Click [Read more...] to find out what Conch Cracking is all about...

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October 14, 2011
McLean's Town 39th Annual Conch Cracking Festival set for October 14th

Back in 1972, an
Englishman by the name of Jeffrey David Morgan was thinking of way to
raise funds for a little primary school and the surrounding community of
McLean's Town. It was decided to create an event in the form of a
conch-cracking contest, and a festival centered around conch.

38
years later, in 2011, the festival continues to be a homecoming event
for McLean's Town. Visitors and residents alike flock to this sleepy
settlement to enjoy the festivities. At this culture-filled event, the
patrons can taste a variety of Bahamian conch dishes, participate in
quadrille dancing, Junkanoo, climbing the greasy pole, hook conchs and
more. The excitement increases with the main event...

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February 16, 2011
(VIDEO) Conch Salad TV features Stephen Burrows: A Portrait

Nassau, Bahamas - The new Bahamian
website Conch Salad TV (www.conchsaladtv.com) is now featuring a profile of unsung sculptor Stephen Burrows, who created the unique
steel creatures that decorate four different islands of The Bahamas:
Exuma, San Salvador, Abaco and Nassau. Mr. Burrows donated his art to
the country, the only payment he received was in the form of
scholarships for Bahamian students. Although retired from BEC, the
artist hasn't given up his dreams of creating one more final, giant
sculpture.

Conch Salad TV
provides an online Bahamas video magazine for visitors and Bahamians by
Bahamians. Conch Salad TV will go off the beaten path and dive deep...

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February 15, 2011
(VIDEO) Conch Salad TV features Stephen Burrows: A Portrait

Nassau, Bahamas - The new Bahamian
website Conch Salad TV (www.conchsaladtv.com) is now featuring a profile of unsung sculptor Stephen Burrows, who created the unique
steel creatures that decorate four different islands of The Bahamas:
Exuma, San Salvador, Abaco and Nassau. Mr. Burrows donated his art to
the country, the only payment he received was in the form of
scholarships for Bahamian students. Although retired from BEC, the
artist hasn't given up his dreams of creating one more final, giant
sculpture.

Conch Salad TV
provides an online Bahamas video magazine for visitors and Bahamians by
Bahamians. Conch Salad TV will go off the beaten path and dive deep...

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