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Queen Conch Recovery Workshops in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida

May 17, 2024

FB24-032: Southeast Fishery Bulletin; For information, contact: Orian Tzadik, (813) 906-0353, orian.tzadik@noaa.gov

Key Message:

NOAA Fisheries is in the early stages of developing a recovery plan for queen conch, which was recently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  In an effort to gather stakeholder input on recovering the species, NOAA Fisheries will host a series of workshops throughout the Caribbean, including in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Florida.  These workshops will be in-person and open to the public.



On February 14, 2024, NOAA Fisheries listed the queen conch as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (89 FR 11208).  NOAA Fisheries is now developing a recovery plan for queen conch and is seeking stakeholder input.  A recovery plan serves as a road map for species recovery—the plan outlines the path and tasks required to restore and secure self-sustaining wild populations.  It is a non-regulatory document that describes, justifies, and schedules the research and management actions necessary to support recovery of a species.

An integral part of the recovery plan will include engaging fishers, managers, and other stakeholders in identifying criteria, actions, and strategies to support the recovery of the species.

Workshops were held on the east coast and west coast of Puerto Rico on May 7th and May 9th, respectively.


Workshop Dates, Location, and Time: 

The dates, locations, and times for the Florida and U.S. Virgin Island workshops are:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Broward County Main Library Auditorium

100 S Andrews Ave

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Thursday, May 30, 2024

2:00pm – 6:00pm

The Buccaneer Hotel

The Brass Parrot

St. Croix, USVI


Flyers providing workshop information will be distributed locally and online.  For more information on queen conch, please visit: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/queen-conch/protected


Contact Orian Tzadik at Orian.Tzadik@noaa.gov, (813) 906-0353.

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Permits Mailbox:  The Permits Office in St. Petersburg, Florida, now has a Permits mailbox in the front lobby (263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701).  You can now drop off original permits for permit transfers. Envelopes with information labels will be provided so that your documents can be attached to the correct application.  The mailbox will be checked daily.

Media Contact:  Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750

Recreational Fishing Coordinator:  Sean Meehan, 727-385-5202 

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on May 17, 2024