Some 50 experts and national authorities of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) representing 23 governments and international and national organizations met in Panama City, from 18 to 20 November 2014. The participants developed a new set of regional harmonized measures for the management and conservation of the queen conch, a large mollusc harvested for food and found throughout the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico that is declining in certain areas as a result of overfishing. The meeting was co-organized and sponsored by the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council (CFMC) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the CITES Secretariat, the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) and FAO.


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