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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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(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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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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GBPA supports Grand Bahama Rotary Club with Conch Festival

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise is gearing up for its second annual Conch Festival and The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is pleased to lend its support.
Slated to be held at Taino Beach Park Saturday, March 16th, proceeds from the event are earmarked for community service projects being performed by the club, in particular the Big Brother and Sister programme (with the Children's Home), and the Safe Swim Buoy Project.
Whilst making a cheque donation, GBPA's Director of Community Relations, Geneva Rutherford offered commendation. "It is really a pleasure on behalf of GBPA to lend our support for this venture because the Rotary clubs have done so much for the development of the island.  They have been one of the premier groups that always assist in so many different ways."
President Elect of the Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise, and Conch Festival Chairman, Wayne Russell, graciously accepted the cheque.  According to Russell, donations such as this allow the club to effectively advertise the event, so as to draw more patrons to enjoy an afternoon of food and fun, filled with mouth-watering conch delicacies.  "The Port Authority has always given us good support. They believe and trust that when we take the funds, we're using it for very good reasons," he noted.  "We wish to thank them and our other corporate sponsors for all of the help that they give us which ensures that we are able to put on a really big event."

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