Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System

Saint Kitts and Nevis Queen conch fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
Fishery Resources Report 2016
Saint Kitts and Nevis Queen conch fishery
Fact Sheet Citation  
Conch fishery
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Overview: This fishery is carried out by scuba and free divers, usually over sea grass beds and coral rubble. The majority of the fishing is undertaken from small wooden open fishing boats with an average length of 5 m, with motors ranging from 25 to 40 hp. Each boat usually fishes with a crew of three. Most of the catch is exported or sold locally to restaurants and hotels. (FAO, 2006).

Location of Saint Kitts and Nevis Queen conch fishery

Geographic reference:  Saint Kitts and Nevis
Spatial Scale: National
Reference year: 2014
Approach: Fishing Activity

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Gear nei
Type of production system: Artisanal
Fishery Area: Saint Kitts and Nevis

Seasonality: All year 

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Queen conch

Means of Production
Vessel Type: Multipurpose vessels
Fishery Indicators
Nominal Effort: Number of vessels
Employment: Number of fishermen
Production: Landed Volume; Landed Value

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Artisanal   

Fishery Area
Bottom type: Seagrass; Soft bottom clean sand.   Depth zone: Coastal - Shallow waters, inshore (0 m - 50 m).   Vertical distribution: Demersal/Benthic.  

Geo References
Vessel Type
Multipurpose vessels
Traditional open pirogue

Flag State
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Fishing Gear
Gear nei
Hand collected, SCUBA or free diving.
All year 
Trip Duration
1 day
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 9vessels2014
EmploymentNumber of fishermen 27Persons2014
ProductionLanded Volume 66 (Dirty meat -5.3; 50% clean 7.9; 100% clean 13.2)tonnes2014
Landed Value 1312500.00XCD$/year2014
Post Harvest
Fish Utilisation
Human consumption
St. Kitts and Nevis, United States of America
Management unit: Yes

Jurisdictional framework
Management Body/Authority(ies): Department of Marine Resources - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Mandate: Management.  
Area under national jurisdiction: Saint Kitts and Nevis
Maritime Area: Exclusive Economic Zone Areas (EEZ).  
Management Regime
Management Methods

Compliance measures with focus on Juvenile protection - Binding

  • Fishing activity-related measures
    Size limits
Status and Trends
Fluctuating (2014)
Source of Information
Department of Marine Resources Report. Ministry of Agriculture, Co-operatives, Fisheries, Lands and Housing, Bassetterre, St. Kitts. Personal Communication, January, 2016.  Click to open
Fishery and Aquaculture Country Profile of Saint Kitts and Nevis. FAO. September, 2006.  Click to open
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