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Home » Articles » Destinations » Central America and Caribbean » The Turks and Caicos Islands: Where Conch is King
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The Turks and Caicos Islands: Where Conch is King
Submitted by pablo on 2007-07-06 04:13:47 (via www.gonomad.com)
Besides having pristine beaches and tourist resorts, the Turks and Caicos islands are also famous for being the land of conchs. What do you really know about a conch? By the time it makes its way into your consciousness it is either a small chunk buried in chowder or it is a shell stuck to the side of someone's head while trying to hear the ocean.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-07-06 05:39:08
I thoroughly enjoyed this article, which was lively and envigorating and showed how a visitor can enjoy a stay on Provo both above and below water. Not everyone, after all, is cut out for diving. Conch is indeed a very versatile food and I never cease to marvel at the ways in which it can be served up, soft, crunchy and somewhere in between. At the moment conch fishing is prohibited (the breeding season,but sadly people have been caught with huge catches of conch in defiance of the prohibition. With supplies threatened in this way, it's as well that the conch farm exists. I wonder that the writer resisted describing the magnificent scenery of Bluehills, the area around Da Conch Shack, which I think is the finest of the Island, but which doesn't draw the tourists because there is no beach, only ironshore. The sea there is the most stunning colour and above them rise the magnificent clouds which are always subtle and often spectacular and there gather the pelicans, the best fishers of all. But there! If everything is included in one article, there is no excuse to go back and write more!
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Submitted by pablo on 2007-07-06 06:13:21
oh.. it's a real pleasure to read this comment, because it reveals so much from what is left undiscovered for the tourists.
since you describe everything with so much passion, why wouldn't you write an article featuring all these aspects? :)
Submitted by soapboxgod on 2007-07-06 14:36:11
Conch is indeed delicious which explains it's popularity in the Caribbean region. Unfortunately, it's resulted in gross overfishing. The conch farms will help in replenishing the population but it won't amount to a long term solution if the demand for conch remains high.
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Submitted by pablo on 2007-07-09 01:09:30
well..this is indeed a great dilemma - to save the conch or the islands' reputation among tourists. Is the demand for conch that high even among locals?
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