The Queen Conch/ Strombus Giga is a large edible sea snai, gastropod mollusk, a marine animal part of the conch family.
Queen conch is protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
An international agreement between governments, dedicated to ensure that international trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of these species.
CITES has ceased fishing and imposed quotas in some Caribbean fisheries, so there is a great need to accurately monitor where queen conch offered for sale as seafood has actually been fished.
Queen Conch / Strombus gigas, one of the resources most appreciated Seafood
The high protein content of its meat and the ease with which it can be collected, have made the Queen Conch / Strombus gigas, one of the resources most appreciated seafood in the entire Caribbean, after lobster.
Big accumulations of shells distributed throughout the Los Roques Archipelago National Park reveal the importance of this resource had for the region.