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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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Training camp…can you spot the conch?!

By Catherine | 25 June 2012 | No Comments
Published in Abaco Expedition 2012, Uncategorized

Welcome Dunte Rolle and Christopher May! As of today, we have two new volunteers here in Sandy Point. Being new to the conch towing business, we put these two recent high school graduates through our “rigorous” training camp as soon … more >>

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Conchin’ in Sandy Point

By Catherine | 20 June 2012 | 1 Comment
Published in Abaco Expedition 2012, Uncategorized

Sandy Point is the furthest settlement on the southwestern tip of Great Abaco Island. This quaint fishing community has depended on the Bight of Abaco fishing grounds for generations for both lobster and conch. The conching in this area is … more >>

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Abaco, here we come!

By Catherine | 14 June 2012 | No Comments
Published in Abaco Expedition 2012, Uncategorized

Map of general survey area in the Bight of Abaco.

In a few days we’ll start our 2012 surveys in the Bight of Abaco. We’ll be arriving at Sandy Point by boat and plane for 2 weeks of conch counting. … more >>

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Serve it now, serve it later

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

Bahamians have lived off the sea for a long time, so they take their fish (and fishing) very seriously. The queen conch, Strombus gigas, is one of those targeted species, and you can find it on just about any menu … more >>

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Coming soon…a new cohort of conch counters!

By Catherine | 21 March 2012 | No Comments
Published in Outreach, Uncategorized

After a great visit in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park last summer, and with conch on the priority list, the Island School invited us over to Cape Eleuthera to help them get a queen conch monitoring program started! … more >>

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What is a conch wave?

By Catherine | 17 February 2012 | No Comments
Published in Outreach, Uncategorized

original post on FaceBook and photo by Linda Besk

Hi Everyone,

We just heard about the conch wave that was observed near Staniel Cay and thought we’d throw in our scientist’s two-cents. Allan Stoner’s conch research group was the first … more >>

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New paper and a documentary on the way!

By Catherine | 13 February 2012 | 1 Comment
Published in Outreach, Uncategorized

In January, the Bulletin of Marine Science published Community Conch’s first contribution to the literature on queen conch. We’ve written reports, technical briefs, and policy briefs for the Bahamian government. Now we’re reaching the larger scientific community. Read our paper … more >>

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DID YOU KNOW?

nurse shark

The conch's main predators include rays, other snail species, worms, blue crabs, nurse sharks, spiny lobsters and other crustaceans.

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