by Danae Brissonnet
Isla Mujeres, Mexico – July 2016
Danae’s mural sheds light on the queen conch (Strombus gigas) and its threatened status. Queen conch meat is consumed throughout the Caribbean and exported as a delicacy. The shells and shell jewelry are also popular tourist souvenirs, and the live animals harvested for the aquarium trade. They are very susceptible to overexploitation due to slow reproduction. Along with habitat degradation, overfishing is the primary challenge facing this species. Queen conch has been listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) since 1992.
When visiting areas where queen conch is consumed, please refrain from ordering any dishes containing this threatened species.