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Old 10-23-2013, 04:10 PM   #11
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And I also had the dubious job of keeping a pail of bleach to drop the large conch shells in that still had the animal inside. Once the animal was dead, my son The Pirate would sell the shell to tourists.
You could have tripled the money you got for the conch shells by selling the conch meat instead.
Its close to $20 a pound in the seafood market. But its been cleaned and ready to use.

Conch is excellent fare. I make conch fritters and it is a great addition to any type serveche. (hope I spelled that right)
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I worked with a Jamaican woman who told me that conch was delicious, but that when she lived in Jamaica, no one would admit to eating it. It was free, since you could just go get them in the ocean, so they were "poor people food".
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:05 PM   #13
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You could have tripled the money you got for the conch shells by selling the conch meat instead.
Its close to $20 a pound in the seafood market. But its been cleaned and ready to use.

Conch is excellent fare. I make conch fritters and it is a great addition to any type serveche. (hope I spelled that right)
Go to Penn Dutch in Hollywood or Margate and it is only $12.00 a pound. While your there pickup some royal red shrimp, you won't be sorry!
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:34 PM   #14
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I worked with a Jamaican woman who told me that conch was delicious, but that when she lived in Jamaica, no one would admit to eating it. It was free, since you could just go get them in the ocean, so they were "poor people food".
Like lobster was in the early 1900's.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:35 PM   #15
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Sadly, conch is overfished. It IS delicious, and makes awesome ceviche. It also has a season when it's supposed to be harvested, at least in Mexico, but there's a lot of poaching going on (and not just in wine and butter.)

It's on Seafood Watch's Avoid list. http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/c...h.aspx?s=Conch
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:45 PM   #16
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Sadly, conch is overfished. It IS delicious, and makes awesome ceviche. It also has a season when it's supposed to be harvested, at least in Mexico, but there's a lot of poaching going on (and not just in wine and butter.)

It's on Seafood Watch's Avoid list.
That's interesting, the keys are loaded. They passed a 10 year ban on taking queen conch back in the '70's for Florida, particularly in the keys and gulf. They have yet to lift that ban. The conch, like the alligator, have recovered to the point of being a viable fishery if managed properly, IMO. I'm not talking about the welk being sold as conch.
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That's interesting, the keys are loaded. They passed a 10 year ban on taking queen conch back in the '70's for Florida, particularly in the keys and gulf. They have yet to lift that ban. The conch, like the alligator, have recovered to the point of being a viable fishery if managed properly, IMO. I'm not talking about the welk being sold as conch.
It's still banned, right? So do you need a license to harvest it now? Where is the conch meat coming from?

We visited a conch farm last time we were in the Keys, apparently they were trying to get things going, but the guy said they weren't sure farming would work.
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It's still banned, right? So do you need a license to harvest it now? Where is the conch meat coming from?

We visited a conch farm last time we were in the Keys, apparently they were trying to get things going, but the guy said they weren't sure farming would work.
Conch are roamers. I can imagine them not being viable as a "farmed" product. Oysters, mussels and clams are sedentary. Seeding them is easy. You might say they are perfect for "wild farming" and great as a replenishable resource. Conch and scallops, not so much. I did some work back in the early '90's for a conch and lobster company out of Kingston, Jamaica. Like many other seafood products, the Japanese were their main customers. At that time, the Jamaicans had depleted their conch and lobster so bad that they were working 40 miles off their coast. Perfect example of third world countries that have no concept of managing natural resources, thinking it is a never ending supply. I saw what they collected, lobster wise for the Japanese market. They took everything, undersized and females with eggs. They didn't care as long as they made money right now. Kinda like the Chinese, they send us poison crap that kills our pets and kids and we deplete/poach our wildlife to suit their needs.

The US ban is still in effect. Just like the "temporary" income tax, it hasen't been lifted.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:54 AM   #19
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crab is probably my favourite seafood.get beautiful orkney brown crab from my local tesco for 5/$7 to $8 each.they usually weigh in at about 0.5 kilo/1-1.5lbs.the monster in the griddle pan weighed in at 1.5k/over 3lbs...crack on....bargain!
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I picked up a crabbing hobby last year while fishing. I asked a few crabbers on their gear and how they did it. 1 month later, I compiled everything I needed to go crabbing.

Ever since going crabbing, I made many dishes using crabs. Infact im quite bored of eating them now. So i took out my camera and went crazy with pictures.
now that's what i call a day out trevor..great pics/food & thanks for reminding me about crab & pasta.not made it for ages...i make it with linguine!
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