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Bahamas Queen Conch fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
WECAFC Fishery Resources Report 2016
Bahamas Queen Conch fishery
Fact Sheet Citation  
Queen Conch fishery
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Overview: The fishery is artisanal in nature, is based on the resources found in the waters of the shallow water banks of The Bahamas and its harvesting has been deemed to be stable. Queen Conch is a cultural icon of The Bahamas.

Location of Bahamas Queen Conch fishery

Geographic reference:  Bahamas
Spatial Scale: National
Reference year: 2015
Approach: Fishing Activity

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Gear nei
Type of production system: Artisanal
Fishery Area: Bahamas

Seasonality: All year

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Queen conch

Means of Production
Vessel Type: Fishing vessels not specified
Fishery Indicators
Nominal Effort: Number of vessels
Production: Landed Volume; Landed Value

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Artisanal   

Fishery Area
Bottom type: Seagrass; Soft bottom.   Depth zone: Coastal - Shallow waters, inshore (0 m - 50 m).   Horizontal distribution: Neritic.   Vertical distribution: Benthic.   Sea floor physiography: Lagoons; Unspecified.  

Geo References
Vessel Type
Fishing vessels not specified
20 ft

2, 3
Flag State
Fishing Gear
Gear nei
Diving with dive compressor or free diving.
All year

Environmental limitations

All islands
Trip Duration
1 day - 1 week
Fisherfolks Community
Bahamas nationals
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 4000vessels2015
ProductionLanded Volume 5613tonnes2013
Landed Volume 4178tonnes2014
Landed Value 3.18 millions - 31% exportUSD2013
Post Harvest
Fish Utilisation
Processed conch meat
Local markets and USA (governed by a quota system)
Management unit: Yes

Legal definition
Commercial fishing
Jurisdictional framework
Management Body/Authority(ies): Department of Marine Resources
Mandate: Management; Scientific Advice.  
Area under national jurisdiction: Bahamas
Maritime Area: Exclusive Economic Zone Areas (EEZ).  
Management Regime
Management Methods

Fisheries Regulations with focus on Spawner/Juvenile protection - Binding

  • Aquatic species-related measures
    Minimum fish size
  • Gear-related measures
    Dive compressor
  • Fishing activity-related measures
    Access by nationality
Source of Information
Department of Marine Resources, Bahamas. Personal communication, January 2016.  Click to open
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