Queen conch

The conch fishery is considered one of the most lucrative alongside lobster fishery in Belize.  Conch landings peaked at 1,239,000 pounds in 1972, and have declined since then to 676,67 pounds in 2006 according to the Fisheries Department. Through continuous engagement with stakeholders, fishermen are encouraged to respect the size restrictions and no-take regulations of protected areas through training and participation in monitoring activities. Queen conch feed in the sea grass areas, breeding in deep sandy areas, with nursery grounds in sandy areas. Specific threats include: fishing during closed season; taking undersize conch; fishing in no-take zones; and over-fishing generally.