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New resource on communityconch.org

By Catherine | 12 May 2011 | No Comments
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Community Conch has added a new resource to our website for those interested in conch conservation in The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Our latest scientific manuscript presents an interesting comparison of conch reproduction in the fishing grounds of the Berry Islands and Andros Island, and a marine protected area, the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (ECLSP) in The Bahamas. As a fully protected no-take marine reserve since the mid-1980’s, the ECLSP has provided a compelling example of what conch spawning aggregations look like in the absence of fishing pressure. Our recent work in the Berry Islands and Andros showed that aggregations in heavily fished areas can look much different. Indeed, it seems that conch are mating less frequently in these fished areas even at the height of spawning season, and when numbers of individuals are similar to what is found in a marine reserve. The most troubling result was that mating frequency at Andros Island and the Berry Islands fishing grounds leveled off at just 6.3% and 2.3% of mature adults, compared with 13.7% in the marine reserve. For a more detailed description of our work and findings, read the latest from Community Conch scientists on our Resources page.

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