Monthly Archives: January 2015

Conch Shell Island and Endangered Species

Repeating Islands


Richard Branson’s latest blog post highlights the overharvesting of queen conch shells in the Caribbean, a species that may soon be threatened with extinction. As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service explains, “Queen conch, with its beautiful pink shell and tasty meat, has become a symbol of the Caribbean region where it is found on beaches, restaurant menus, and in souvenir shops. Be aware, however, that the United States currently prohibits import of queen conch (including meat, shells, live animals, and products made from queen conch) from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, and Trinidad and Tobago. This action is part of a global conservation effort under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to stem continued and significant declines in queen conch populations.” Branson urges anyone considering taking conch to “think again.” See excerpts here:

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