What is does it mean to be listed in CITES?
CITES stands for Convention for the International Trade of Endangered Species. Queen conch is listed as a “commercially threatened species”. By being listed under CITES, countries which export conch are now required to have a permit approved by CITES management. This is in order to make sure conch are harvested at a sustainable rate. Being listed on CITES does not mean that they are officially on the endangered/threatened species list.