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Bahamas Conch in trouble

Old 01-11-2019, 06:56 AM
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Another resource that if it goes unchecked will be gone in 15 years.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:30 AM
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too many people
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:59 AM
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it must take years and years to build up the population. I agree with this statement from the article...

The Sunshine State once had its own healthy population of conchs. But by the 1980s, overfishing had nearly wiped them out. The U.S. outlawed taking conch, yet three decades later they have yet to recover, providing a grim example to Bahamians if they wait too long
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:26 AM
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I hope this doesn't surprise anyone, they decimate their resources.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:50 PM
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The piles of conch shells behind the shacks in Bimini always make me a little uncomfortable. It’s obvious they hit this resource HARD. I love conch but unfortunately I can’t imagine it’s a very sustainable resource without heavy regulation.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Special K III View Post
it must take years and years to build up the population. I agree with this statement from the article...

The Sunshine State once had its own healthy population of conchs. But by the 1980s, overfishing had nearly wiped them out. The U.S. outlawed taking conch, yet three decades later they have yet to recover, providing a grim example to Bahamians if they wait too long
I wish we could harvest conch in Florida.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:10 PM
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[QUOTE=Special K III;12138103]it must take years and years to build up the population. I agree with this statement from the article...

The Sunshine State once had its own healthy population of conchs. But by the 1980s, overfishing had nearly wiped them out. The U.S. outlawed taking conch, yet three decades later they have yet to recover, providing a grim example to Bahamians if they wait too long[/QUOTE

while i I would generally agree with you the FL conch habitat is 1/100th of the conch habitat in the Bahamas
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:24 PM
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Let's not dump this 100% on the Bahamians. Plenty of US guys collecting way too many undersized conch when they are over there. Worst part is when they just leave it to rot on the back of the boat when they don't know how to clean it. Conch are easy pickins and they make for great SnapChat pics to prove what great sportsman they are.
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Special K III View Post
it must take years and years to build up the population. I agree with this statement from the article...

The Sunshine State once had its own healthy population of conchs. But by the 1980s, overfishing had nearly wiped them out. The U.S. outlawed taking conch, yet three decades later they have yet to recover, providing a grim example to Bahamians if they wait too long
It’s amazing how few you see in the Keys even after decades of no harvest.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:31 PM
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Between a rock and a hard place.Bahamians know all to well,l but have to do what they have to do.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:50 PM
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The illegal harvesting from DR fishing boats is putting a hurting on the resource.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Eye8atoad View Post


It’s amazing how few you see in the Keys even after decades of no harvest.
I see some in the Keys in grassy areas. I think they are coming back.
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I see some in the Keys in grassy areas. I think they are coming back.
Nothing like it was 30-40 years ago, not even close..............
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Originally Posted by Left Coast Retriever View Post
Nothing like it was 30-40 years ago, not even close..............
Too Many people in the Keys. They would wipe them out in 2 days.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:47 AM
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Not that there too many people there are too many that don’t give a damn and like previously said a lot would just rot on the back of the boat because they don’t know what to do with them except take pictures.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:42 PM
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Pollution from the cruise ships
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Left Coast Retriever View Post
Nothing like it was 30-40 years ago, not even close..............
I spent a fair amount of time diving off of Elliot Key starting in 1967. I don't remember seeing many conchs in that area then. Perhaps in the lower keys they were abundant in 1967. Or perhaps I somehow missed them.
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