Conch is important to the Bahamas as a cultural icon and also an important source of income (conch fishing).
Sadly, harvesting juvenile conch is a common practice in the Bahamas. Each juvenile conch taken is potentially thousands of new conchs that will never be. Surveys of conch grounds at numerous locations in the Bahamas indicate a decline in the number of queen conchs. And when the number of conch in an area decreases, they are less likely to find mates. It is important that each person develop personal conservation strategies for queen conch preservation as for many other marine resources. We have to consider that we must act now to ensure that we will have marine resources for the future.