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Report of the Regional Workshop on the Monitoring and Management of Queen Conch, Strombus gigas. Kingston, Jamaica, 1–5 May 2006.










FAO. Report of the Regional Workshop on the Monitoring and Management of Queen Conch, Strombus gigas. Kingston, Jamaica, 1–5 May 2006. FAO Fisheries Report. No. 832. Rome, FAO. 2007. 174p.


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    Queen conch (Strombus gigas) is one of the important fishery resources in the Caribbean in terms of its annual landings and its social and economic importance. Queen conch is an edible marine gastropod of the Caribbean region that has been listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which allows international trade of the species only after certain conditions are met. An FAO FishCode STF*/OSPESCA** workshop held in Panama identified the need to be able to convert the different processing grades to nominal weight. Three countries (Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua) volunteered to participate in a field experiment to establish the conversion factors. This investigation resulted in the establishment of conversion rates for different processing grades per country. There were slight but significant differences between conversion factors for processing grades between countries, most likely related to different processing techniques used. Within this limitation, the following preliminary regional conversion factors are recommended: 100 percent fillet to nominal weight 16.4; 85 percent fillet to nominal weight 13.7; 50 percent fillet to nominal weight 9.46; dirty meat to nominal weight 5.7.
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    The third meeting of the CFMC/OSPESCA/WECAFC/CRFM/CITES Working Group on Queen Conch was held in Panama City, Panama from 30 October to 1 November 2018. The following countries and regional partner organizations participated: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, France (Martinique), Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the United States of America, the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Discussions focused on strengthening contributions to national, regional and international responsibilities and commitments for the management and conservation of and trade in queen conch and related or interacting species or fisheries in the Western Central Atlantic. Participants also considered how to strengthen the livelihoods of the people depending on these resources by following the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, and in accordance with management goals agreed in the Regional Queen Conch Fisheries Management and Conservation Plan, which remains a matter of priority. La Tercera Reunión del Grupo de Trabajo de CFMC/OSPESCA/WECAFC/CRFM/CITES sobre el Caracol Rosado se realizó en Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá, del 30 de octubre al 1° de noviembre de 2018. En la reunión estuvieron presentes los siguientes países y organizaciones aliadas: Antigua y Barbuda, Bahamas, Belice, Colombia, Cuba, la Republica Dominicana, Francia (Martinica), Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panamá, Santa Lucia, San Vicente y las Granadinas, los Estados Unidos de América, la Comisión de Pesca para el Atlántico Centro Occidental (COPACO), la Convención sobre el Comercio Internacional de Especies Amenazadas de Fauna y Flora Silvestres. Las discusiones se enfocaron en el fortalecimiento de las contribuciones a las responsabilidades y compromisos nacionales, regionales e internacionales para el ordenamiento, conservación y el comercio del caracol rosado y las especies relacionadas, o que interactúan, o las pesquerías en el Atlántico Centro Occidental. Los participantes también consideraron la manera de fortalecer los modos de subsistencia de la población que depende de estos recursos mediante el cumplimiento del Código de Conducta para la Pesca Responsable, y, en concordancia con las metas de manejo acordadas en el Plan Regional de Ordenamiento Pesquero y Conservación del Caracol Rosado, que permanece como cuestión de prioridad.

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