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Re: conch pearls #130864
09/03/03 12:32 PM
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We've met @ Eldivino (great restaurant) south of town. I "love" conch pearls especially the rainbow… Do you still have that one?

Re: conch pearls #130865
09/03/03 02:17 PM
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gotcha! rainbow one sold, have cream and butterscotch 1cm and loads of small all color.

Re: conch pearls #130866
09/11/03 10:25 AM
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Read an interesting account by the head botanist from Jamaica Botanical Garden. Crown sent him to Belize in 1883 to report on economic crops. He mentioned that the Bahamas were exporting 3000.00 ( British sterling) per year of pearls from commom conch.


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Re: conch pearls #130867
09/13/03 03:40 PM
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What a shame we have almost fished the conch out of all the caribbean!!!! Just since I've been here I have noticed a huge decrease in them. Guess that is why the pearls are so rare now!
What was considered a "common conch"??? The Queen Conch?????

Re: conch pearls #130868
09/15/03 09:25 AM
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Common and queen are different species or different local names for conch in Bahamas at that time.


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Re: conch pearls #130869
09/15/03 02:33 PM
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The secret got out how delicious conch fritters are!!! laugh laugh
Is the off season really enough time to let a slow grower like a conch to re-establish itself???
Debbie

Re: conch pearls #130870
09/16/03 04:53 PM
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So what kind of conch is a common conch here???

Maybe conch season should be shorter here, what do ya'll think???

Re: conch pearls #130871
09/16/03 06:38 PM
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Enforcement of the ban on harvesting undersized conch would do the most good

Re: conch pearls #130872
09/16/03 08:53 PM
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Belize has several species of conchs, including the queen (the one you eat), the milk, hawk wing, and fighting. Off season, you may get a conch dish, but it is the horse conch (not a true conch).
There are lots of variations in the local naming of things, thus the reason for taxonomy (and I guess the reason I had to learn those damn genus and species names for all those marine creatures I studied).
As far as I know, there is not a common conch so this could have been a name used either by a certain region or may have been the name used prior to the proper classification of the conch.
When I was in the Bahamas a while back, I asked my aunt about the abundance of queen conchs and she said that they were so depleted that they now either harvest the trumpet triton (but I don't know if it makes a pearl) or they buy their conch from Belize!

Re: conch pearls #130873
09/16/03 10:35 PM
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I wish they wouldn't harvest the Trumpet Triton. It is one of the very few natural predators of the Crown of Thorns. The Crown of Thorns is a spiny starfish that gobbles up whole reefs and leaves a crumbling mess in their wake. There are not enough Trumpet Tritons to keep the CofT in check as it is.


A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

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