Encouraging Comments on Conch Conservation

Encouraging comments from Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister Michael Pintard following the recent study on a potential collapse in the conch fishery. I met Minister Pintard recently when a Bahamian delegation visited North Carolina, and he was especially interested in our creek restoration research (see here and here for instance) and the involvement of Bahamian students in those projects. Great to see this government interest in conservation issues.

His ministry is “strongly recommending (regulations) that include implementing a minimum lip thickness for conch to be harvested, considering ending conch exports, increasing equipment and personnel available to “ensure compliance” with fisheries laws, and encouraging more participation in the fight against “illegal, unreported, and unregulated” fishing practices.”

By | 2019-01-15T08:43:09+00:00 January 15th, 2019|Categories: Conch, Enforcement, Featured, Overfishing, Regulations|1 Comment

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Craig Layman
My lab’s interdisciplinary pursuits provide for a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. We are ecologists, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary sub-disciplines. We often use a food web based perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. All of our efforts are framed within a broader outreach framework, directly integrating science and education, using approaches such as this website.

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  1. Jonnie Swann January 15, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Craig!
    Jim and I have been worrying about this forever!
    Thanks!
    What can we do to help?

    Cheers!
    Jonnie Swann

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