Helping to Sustain a Way of Life in the Bahamas

New report and publication available for download!

We now have two new and interesting documents to share with you! Community Conch wrapped up reporting on our fifth conch survey season in the Jumento Cays and Ragged Islands, and we’ve added another publication of significant fishery management value. … more >>

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is not traditionally celebrated in The Bahamas, but we thought it would be a good opportunity to say thank you once again to all of the volunteers who help us out each summer. Enjoy this photo collage of volunteers … more >>

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Meet the R/Js team

By Catherine | 1 August 2013 | No Comments
Published in Ragged Island/Jumento Cays 2013, Uncategorized

In addition to the usual Community Conch team, we were joined by four volunteers this year. And we really couldn’t have chosen a better crew, because these folks were truly up for the challenge. In this post we’ll feature Erin … more >>

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Ragged Island and Jumento Cays surveys – check!

By Catherine | 23 July 2013 | 1 Comment
Published in Ragged Island/Jumento Cays 2013, Uncategorized

This year’s conch surveys took us to a remote location in the southern Bahamas, the Ragged Island and Jumento Cays (R/Js) chain. Ragged Island, just 60+ miles from Cuba lies at the southern end of the chain and is inhabited … more >>

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Our first crowdsourcing fundraiser!

By Catherine | 13 February 2013 | No Comments
Published in Outreach

We’re really excited about our upcoming citizen science project, My Science, My Conch, and are working hard to get the funding we need to make it happen. MSMC really focuses on the community aspect of our work and conch conservation, … more >>

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The next generation

By Catherine | 16 September 2012 | No Comments
Published in Outreach, Uncategorized

In many schools throughout The Bahamas, teachers and students are starting out this year with a greater knowledge of a beloved marine resource, the queen conch. Thanks to efforts by Bahamian conservation organizations that decided to put special focus on … more >>

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New video – watch and learn how to estimate the age of a conch!

By Catherine | 12 July 2012 | No Comments
Published in Abaco Expedition 2012, Outreach, Uncategorized, Videos

So, what happens when the weather keeps us from getting out there and counting conch? Usually its data entry, catching up on email, lab work, checking the weather forecast, more data entry, checking the forecast again…mostly we’re behind the computer, … more >>

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Meet Brandon, Tow Master

By Catherine | 5 July 2012 | No Comments
Published in Abaco Expedition 2012, Uncategorized

Brandon Jennings recently graduated from C.V. Bethel High School, where he participated in their highly regarded marine science magnet program. He spent the last year as a Bahamas Environment Steward Scholar (BESS Scholar) attending the Island School and completing an … more >>

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Connecting with the community

By Catherine | 3 July 2012 | No Comments
Published in Abaco Expedition 2012, Outreach, Uncategorized

When Community Conch visits a a location to conduct surveys, we also set a high priority on meeting with the people who are in touch with the resource on a daily basis. These folks might be fishers, fisheries officers, restaurant … more >>

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A speedy conch…

By Catherine | 27 June 2012 | No Comments
Published in Abaco Expedition 2012, Uncategorized, Videos

…can only move this fast! Even though a large part of the conch’s body is one big muscle, they don’t exactly flee from predators. When they’re small they bury themselves in the sand to avoid being eaten by animals like … more >>

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Bahamas coast

Conchs are native to the coasts of the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, The Bahamas, and Bermuda.