A distinctive attraction, Caicos Conch Farm is a place which raises Queen conchs. Located in Turks and Caicos, the farm is well known for being the only place where conchs are grown commercially. A conch is a marine snail and the Queen conch is considered to be one of the main protein sources in Caribbean cuisine. Thousands of these species are to be found in breeding ponds built in big outdoor concrete pools. Visitors to the farm can enjoy a special show featuring two friendly and trained conchs, savour a delicious conch salad and see conch pearls.
Sited on the island’s isolated eastern end, the farm was initially a research facility and exports the majority of the conch eaten in Miami and Florida. Its techniques of breeding are believed to be very useful in saving this species from extinction as well. In addition to specializing in the export of the conch which are referred to as “Caribbean Queens fit for a King”, the farm is the best place to get an understanding of the life cycle of this species. Catch a firsthand glimpse of the technology and processes which were developed here over the past two decades. This special tour kicks off by taking you to the gift shop followed by a visit to the Post Larval facilities and Metamorphosis buildings. The backdrop of your journey will be the offshore pasture with circular pens containing thousands of conchs. However, the onshore ponds also contain a large number of conchs which visitors can simply pick up on the way. All tour guides are experienced islanders providing travel tips and wonderful insights to local culture.
Asia also has a high demand for conch, for its aphrodisiac and cultural properties in addition to the nutritional benefits, thus the farm is expected to expand its marketing into this part of the world as well.
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