Ever seen a queen conch? This iconic species has a large, conical shell that typically ranges in size from 6 to 9 inches, but can reach a maximum size of 12 inches. They are found throughout the Caribbean and in the Gulf of Mexico, south Florida, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. NOAA Fisheries and the Caribbean Fishery Management Council manage the queen conch fishery in U.S. federal waters. The governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands manage the queen conch fishery in their territorial waters. According to the 2009 stock assessment, queen conch are overfished, but are not subject to overfishing based on 2015 catch data. They’re in year 12 of a 15-year rebuilding plan. The U.S. and other nations are working together to ensure queen conch sticks around for the future: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/united-states-joins-caribbean-nations-address-fisheries-conservation-challenges Link in bio. Learn more about queen conch from our website: https://go.usa.gov/xyXt8 Photo Captions: Image 1 (A queen conch peers out from under it's shell); Images 2 & 3 (Queen conch shells underwater). Photo Credits: Image 1 (National Ocean Service); Images 2 & 3 (Anik Clemens). #WECAFC17 #queen #conch #shell #ocean #reef #florida #caribbean #bahamas #bermuda #PuertoRico #stcroix #island #NOAAFisheries


Ever seen a queen conch? This iconic species has a large, conical shell that typically ranges in size from 6 to 9 inches, but can reach a maximum size of 12 inches. They are found throughout the Caribbean and in the Gulf of Mexico, south Florida, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. 
NOAA Fisheries and the Caribbean Fishery Management Council manage the queen conch fishery in U.S. federal waters. The governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands manage the queen conch fishery in their territorial waters. 
According to the 2009 stock assessment, queen conch are overfished, but are not subject to overfishing based on 2015 catch data. They’re in year 12 of a 15-year rebuilding plan.

The U.S. and other nations are working together to ensure queen conch sticks around for the future: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/united-states-joins-caribbean-nations-address-fisheries-conservation-challenges 
Link in bio.

Learn more about queen conch from our website: https://go.usa.gov/xyXt8 
Photo Captions: Image 1 (A queen conch peers out from under it's shell); Images 2 & 3 (Queen conch shells underwater). Photo Credits: Image 1 (National Ocean Service); Images 2 & 3 (Anik Clemens). #WECAFC17 #queen #conch #shell #ocean #reef #florida #caribbean #bahamas #bermuda #PuertoRico #stcroix #island #NOAAFisheries
Ever seen a queen conch? This iconic species has a large, conical shell that typically ranges in size from 6 to 9 inches, but can reach a maximum size of 12 inches. They are found throughout the Caribbean and in the Gulf of Mexico, south Florida, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. 
NOAA Fisheries and the Caribbean Fishery Management Council manage the queen conch fishery in U.S. federal waters. The governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands manage the queen conch fishery in their territorial waters. 
According to the 2009 stock assessment, queen conch are overfished, but are not subject to overfishing based on 2015 catch data. They’re in year 12 of a 15-year rebuilding plan.

The U.S. and other nations are working together to ensure queen conch sticks around for the future: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/united-states-joins-caribbean-nations-address-fisheries-conservation-challenges 
Link in bio.

Learn more about queen conch from our website: https://go.usa.gov/xyXt8 
Photo Captions: Image 1 (A queen conch peers out from under it's shell); Images 2 & 3 (Queen conch shells underwater). Photo Credits: Image 1 (National Ocean Service); Images 2 & 3 (Anik Clemens). #WECAFC17 #queen #conch #shell #ocean #reef #florida #caribbean #bahamas #bermuda #PuertoRico #stcroix #island #NOAAFisheries
Ever seen a queen conch? This iconic species has a large, conical shell that typically ranges in size from 6 to 9 inches, but can reach a maximum size of 12 inches. They are found throughout the Caribbean and in the Gulf of Mexico, south Florida, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. 
NOAA Fisheries and the Caribbean Fishery Management Council manage the queen conch fishery in U.S. federal waters. The governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands manage the queen conch fishery in their territorial waters. 
According to the 2009 stock assessment, queen conch are overfished, but are not subject to overfishing based on 2015 catch data. They’re in year 12 of a 15-year rebuilding plan.

The U.S. and other nations are working together to ensure queen conch sticks around for the future: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/united-states-joins-caribbean-nations-address-fisheries-conservation-challenges 
Link in bio.

Learn more about queen conch from our website: https://go.usa.gov/xyXt8 
Photo Captions: Image 1 (A queen conch peers out from under it's shell); Images 2 & 3 (Queen conch shells underwater). Photo Credits: Image 1 (National Ocean Service); Images 2 & 3 (Anik Clemens). #WECAFC17 #queen #conch #shell #ocean #reef #florida #caribbean #bahamas #bermuda #PuertoRico #stcroix #island #NOAAFisheries

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Great information! And beautiful photos.

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