Mariculture and Enhancement of Wild Populations of Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) in the Western Atlantic
The queen conch (Strombus gigas) is a western Atlantic marine gastropod that has supported important artisanal and commercial fisheries for centuries. Increased fishing pressure led to the decline of its stocks in the 1960's. Since around 1975 several private and public research institutions have conducted extensive research on queen conch biology and conch aquaculture potential. In this paper we briefly review the feasibility of private conch mariculture and its potential for augmenting wild stocks using hatchery-reared juvenile conch, including a review of conch predation and transplantation attempts as a means to increase conch production. To date there has not been a successful, large-scale, sustained effort to re-establish or augment conch populations in the western Atlantic.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 1997
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