Why Farm Conch and Fish?
The United States, which has prohibited all takes of Queen Conch in Florida and adjacent Federal waters, is responsible for the consumption of 80% of the world’s internationally traded Queen Conch, the abundance of which is severely depleted throughout the species’ range as a result of overfishing and poaching. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service presently prohibits imports of Queen Conch into the United States from Antigua, Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago.
The U.S. Customs Service has estimated that the American market demand for Queen Conch exceeds 1,500 tons annually but that because of the endangered species designation for wild caught conch, less than 500 tons were available from the Caribbean marketplace in 2016. Farm raised conch have no endangered species designation and consequently, no export or import limitations.
The demand for conch from the Turks and Caicos Islands has never been met.
Supply & demand, THAT'S WHY WE FARM CONCH
Pollution, over-fishing and other environmental factors have dramatically reduced wild fish populations worldwide. Many exploited fish stocks have already collapsed and others are approaching that same threshold. Eating only wild caught fish is simply no longer sustainable.
The United States now imports 90% of the seafood consumed in America and, in 2016, those imports totaled over 15 billion dollars with 50% of those imports from aquaculture farms. Worldwide aquaculture harvests for 2016 exceeded 60 million metric tons with a total value well in excess of 100 billion dollars.
The global population is expected to increase from 7 billion today to 8 billion by 2030 and more than 9 billion by 2050. Sustainably accommodating the increased demand for seafood will be dependent upon successfully expanding aquaculture production.
Current seafood supply and demand imbalances often compel consumers to accept inferior imported seafood products from fish farms in countries where products are sometimes mislabeled, contaminated by pollution, disease or other environmental problems.
The Trade Wind Industries solution; offer consumers the option of environmentally conscious premium seafood products that are raised in the clear, clean, pristine waters of the Turks & Caicos Islands that are only 75 minutes from the United States.
Supply & demand, THAT'S WHY WE FARM FISH.
The Caicos Conch Farm expects to begin selling locally farmed fin fish to the public in 2022.