Remember the song: ‘Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves’? Well, in the Turks & Caicos islands it’s ‘bringing in the conch shells….’! It’s amazing that this species doesn’t seem to run out; fisherman bring in many thousands of these amazing creatures every day with most of them ending up in restaurants as conch fritters, cracked conch, conch salad & conch chowder. The best shells, in the meantime, are sold to tourists on the beach. The government tries to enforce regulations so that only adult conch are harvested but we didn’t see any inspector keeping track….let’s hope they don’t become extinct!
Here’s another common sight in the Caribbean….a cruise ship on it’s way from Miami to some of the other islands. Cruise ships bring in much needed income although we’ve heard a number of complaints that tourists don’t spend like they used to. Cruise passengers these days tend to observe more than spend: sounds like us! I hope we can take a Caribbean cruise one of these days; we’ve seen many passing by….
And here’s our ‘raison d’etre’: promoting the drug-awareness message throughout the Caribbean. Our programs were received very well this year in the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos islands. In the photo below, the head prefect is thanking us on behalf of the school.