Caicos Conch Farm – Queen Conchs of Royal Descent

The Caicos Conch Farm is located at the tip of Leeward Settlements. It is easily reachable from any part of the Turks and Caicos Islands. For instance, there are only 15km between the farm and the popular COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos which is on the main island. You can opt for a tour of the farm which lasts for about 3 minutes. As there is nothing but conchs to see and admire, this time duration is quite sufficient for an educational experience. The farm raises conchs from veliger to the stage of an adult. The tour includes taking you through different stages of growth of each conch and explaining the process of raising. The farm is spread across an area of about 10 acres, where there is an egg hatchery, a place for the metamorphosis, and an area dedicated to the post-larval development. There are also 80 grow-out ponds on the shore and 150 pens off-shore. The importance of the farm lies in its place in Caribbean customs. The Queen conch has always been a key element of the Caribbean diet, while the shell of the conch has made itself useful in making weapons, tools, jewellery, and as raw material for constructions.
Although you could have seen a Queen conch from virtually any Caribbean luxury resort once upon a time, overfishing has made the species into an endangered one. While there are rules and regulations in place to avoid this situation, they are not as effective as they should be. Thus, the Caicos Conch Farm helps not only to increase awareness of these species but also helps the continuation of its natural life by farming them commercially. Thus, paying them a visit while you are in Turks and Caicos Islands will not only improve your knowledge about a species of aquatic animal that you usually do not come across, but you would also be contributing to preserving a small but vital part of nature for the future generations.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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Grand Turk Lighthouse – a beacon of hope to many a sailor

The Turks and Caicos archipelagos, located south of the Bahamas, is by and large unknown to most people, but travellers who have been to these beautiful islands, know that it is best associated with secluded beaches, coral reefs, and luxurious resorts, like the COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos, for instance, a Caribbean luxury resort with its own private island. The largest of the Turks and Caicos Islands is the capital, Grand Turk island. According to legends, it was here that the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus first made landfall on his expedition in search of the New World.

Grand Turk is home to several notable colonial buildings and structures, as well as the Turks and Caicos National Museum. A historical landmark and one defiantly worth visiting for its spectacular view over the coastline, is the Grand Turk Lighthouse. Situated on a limestone hill at the northern tip of the island, the lighthouse was built in 1852 to warn ships off before they ran aground on the shallow reef that surrounds the island. Measuring 60 feet tall, it was initially constructed in England, before it was brought over in pieces and reconstructed on the island. It has been carefully maintained over the years, and is still in use today, after some modern upgrades, of course.

Initially, the warning light was created through the use of kerosene lights and a powerful lens. During its early days, before the lighthouse had electricity, the lighthouse keeper would stay up all night to supervise the kerosene lamps, and sleep all day in the lighthouse keeper’s house. The lighthouse and adjacent, lighthouse keeper’s house is a historic landmark, and is protected by the Turks and Caicos National Trust. The lighthouse provides a decent amount of shade during the day, making it a prime spot for picnics and family outings. It’s also a great location for whale watching during the whale season, between February and March.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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Caicos Conch Farm – A Farm like no other

On the island of Providenciales lies a place that is one of a kind, a farm that is like no other, that harvests sea-creatures whose shells are famously used as musical instruments. Such is the nature of the Caicos Conch Farm, which was formed with a vision of pioneering conch development and thus creating jobs, stimulating the economy, protecting conch stocks from exploitation and to provide a low-cost source of protein to the people of the Caribbean.

The Caicos Islands are a tourist hotspot, and contains many of the finest luxury resorts in the Caribbean. One such resort, Parrot Cay by COMO, Turks & Caicos Islands has to offer is located on Providenciales itself, making it a very convenient base for international travelers looking to visit the Caicos Conch Farm.

The farm encompasses ten acres of beautiful seaside property that is owned by the company itself, and a further sixty five acres of underwater pasture that has been under lease from the government for the past ninety seven years. The facility is state of the art and contains all the resources necessary to efficiently and humanely reproduce and develop the unique creatures the company is dedicated to. The Queen Conch is a staple in Caribbean cuisine, and has been so for more than a thousand years due to the rich protein content of the meat. The natives of the land had further utilized the shell of the Queen Conch to craft weapons and tools, jewelry and ceremonial objects, as well as using converting the shell into a musical instrument. Due to over-fishing, the Queen Conch is currently listed as a commercially endangered species, one that the Caicos Farm is working hard to preserve.

As of 2014, the Caicos farm has been investing in projects that will revolutionise under-water farming as well as the ethics that are associated with it. So if you happen to find yourself in the Caribbean, witness history in the making, at the Caicos Conch Farm.

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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