Cozumel Conch Ban

Support Conch Ban in Cozumel

10 Year Ban is Still Intact…..

Pink Conch (Lobatus Gigas)  is currently  under a ban on harvesting in the State of Quintana Roo.  The ban went into effect on January 30, 2009, and was supposed to last a duration of 10 years.  Back in October of 2016, four fishing cooperatives in the state of Quintana Roo requested a feasibility study as to whether conch can be harvested in a sustainable manner, and thusly be regulated. Due to it’s culinary popularity, overfishing and sand extraction, the species was in serious danger of extinction.


The Statewide ban has not been lifted and is still in effect.  While several island restaurants continue to serve conch, it’s important to note, that Belizean conch is imported into Quintana Roo, which means that as long as the conch came from Belize – the embargo isn’t broken.  Speculation and rumors surround reports of locally caught Pink Conch that is being sold under the auspices of being imported.  Obviously, the most environmentally friendly thing to do is to forego eating conch until the population has had a chance to rebound.

If you’re insistent on eating conch here locally, please check and make sure that it was, in fact, purchased from Belize, and not poached from the area, at least until the situation has been properly evaluated.

If you happen to see poachers, or individuals removing other forms of protected species contact the Marine Park authorities.


Apoyen la veda de extracción del caracol en Cozumel

La veda de 10 años continúa intacta. . .

El caracol rosa (Lobatus Gigas) actualmente se encuentra en veda de extracción en el Estado de Quintana Roo. Esta veda comenzó en Enero 30, 2009 y se suponía que tendría una duración de 10 años. En Octubre del año 2016 cuatro cooperativas pesqueras en el estado de Quintana Roo solicitaron un estudio de factibilidad en cuando a si era posible cosechar el caracol de una manera sustentable y, por ende, regularlo. Debido a su popularidad culinaria, la captura indiscriminada y extracción de arena, la especie se vio en un serio peligro de extinción.


No se ha levantado la veda y continúa vigente. En tanto que diversos restaurantes de la Isla continúan sirviendo caracol, es importante hacer notar que se importa caracol beliceño a Quintana Roo, lo que significa que siempre y cuando el caracol provenga de Belice, no se contraviene la veda. Hay reportes que especulan y rumoran que el caracol rosa se captura localmente bajo la apariencia de ser importado. Claro está que lo más responsable con el medio ambiente es no consumir caracol hasta que la población haya tenido la oportunidad de recuperarse.


“Conch Laying Eggcase” Photo Courtesy of Marc Volkman

Si usted insiste en comer caracol, por favor verifique que de hecho fue adquirido en Belice y no capturado localmente de manera furtiva en la zona, al menos hasta que la situación haya sido evaluada de manera correcta.


En caso que usted se percate de cazadores furtivos o personas que retiran especies protegidas, póngase en contacto con las autoridades del Parque Marino.






Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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