Cozumel Pink Conch

Pink Conch Harvesting Ban Could be Lifted in May


State Officials to rule soon on lifting a 10 year ban early …

“Conch Laying Eggcase” Photo Courtesy of Marc Volkman

According to some sources, the  ban on harvesting Pink Conch (Lobatus Gigas)  could end on May 1st after an official evaluation by  Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) is issued.  The ban went into effect on January 30, 2009, and was supposed to last a duration of 10 years.

Back in October of last year, 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.

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.  If you’re insistent on eating conch, 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.

En Mayo se levantará la veda para la extracción del caracol rosado

Las autoridades en breve levantarán la veda de 10 años. . .

Según algunas fuentes, la veda para la extracción de caracol rosado (Lobatus Gigas) podría concluir el 1º de mayo

Photo Courtesy of Pascale Rambert

después de que se emita una evaluación por parte de la Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación (SAGARPA). La veda ha estado vigente desde Enero 30, 2009 y supuestamente duraría 10 años.

En Octubre del año pasado cuatro cooperativas del estado de Quintana Roo solicitaron el estudio de factibilidad respecto a la extracción de manera sustentable y, por lo tanto, regulada.

Debido a su popularidad culinaria, la sobre pesca y extracción de arena, la especie se estuvo en grave peligro de extinción.

En tanto diversos restaurantes en la Isla continúan sirviendo caracol, este se importa de Belice hacia Quintana Roo, lo que significa que mientras el caracol continúe llegando de Belice y no pescado de manera furtiva, el bloqueo no se interrumpirá. Si usted insiste en comer caracol, por favor verifique y asegúrese que, de hecho, fue adquirido en Belice y no obtenido furtivamente en la zona, al menos hasta que la situación haya sido valorada de manera adecuada.

Si llega a ver pescadores furtivos o personas que retiran otras 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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