|These mature conch shells were at a Hog Cay trailhead. Note|
how the shell lip wraps away from the spiral core? This is
the sign of a matured, harvestable conch.
eventually I was won over.
And decided to get smarter about these delicacies, first…
|Wayne bagging mature conch.|
Any immature ones we returned
to the reproduction pool.
|Wayne slides a knife in the hole to release|
the conch's hold to its shell.
|Wayne then uses pliers to pull the conch from its shell.|
|Everything ready for harvest, except the poor little lambis.|
The minimum density required for successful mating is 50 adult conch per hectare Community Conch research confirmed that in every commercial fishing ground surveyed over the past five years there are less than 10 conchs per hectare - a density which cannot sustain reproduction.