FAO Fisheries Department
A first meeting of a Working Group on the Queen Conch, an important fishery resource in the Caribbean and Central America which has been valued, especially for its meat, for several centuries, took place in Panama City last month. The Working Group, which issued a "Declaration of Panama City", provided advice to the 16th Conference of Parties of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild flora and fauna) as well as recommendations to the regional fishery bodies and countries in the Western Central Atlantic. Participants also expressed their commitment to individually and collectively take measures and actions to further improve management and conservation of the Queen Conch resource in the Wider Caribbean Region.
Image of the chairs of the Working Group © Patricia Murillo