Helping to Sustain a Way of Life in the Bahamas


conch lip measure

One way to estimate a conch's age and reproductive status is by measuring the thickness of the lip of its shell.


About Us

Community-Based Conservation

Community Conch is a nonprofit organization formed in 2009 by a Denver-based marine conservationist, a NOAA scientist, and a Bahamas-based marine ecologist and educator. Our mission is to affect sustainable harvest of queen conch through research, education and collaboration with local communities, the Bahamian government and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

Our Goals

Our near-term goals are to:

  • Initiate research on conch densities at several locations in the Bahamas
  • Communicate the results to the Department of Marine Resources, the Bahamas National Trust, the Nature Conservancy, the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation and other marine NGOs for further contemplation of changes in recreational and commercial fishing regulations and export rules
  • Communicate findings to local communities
  • Involve local students and community members in these efforts