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Monday, November 19, 2012
Queen conch could go on fed list
Environmental group requests species be classified as endangered

When the first settlers made it to the Florida Keys, queen conch were as numerous in the nearshore seagrass as acorns in a hammock of oak trees.

Decades of overfishing nearly wiped out the queen conch (Strombus gigas), prompting the government to prohibit their commercial harvest in 1975.

Based on concerns from Monroe County citizens, recre...

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