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Commercial Fishing & Seafood Industry Contacts - Turks & Caicos Islands

We are producers, processors, exporters and suppliers of Fresh and frozen red snapper, yellow-eye snapper, queen snapper, yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper, grouper, barracuda, triggerfish, tuna - all species, white fish, Caribbean spiny lobster (whole and tails), conch meat, conch skin, conch trimmings, and what you don't see ask for, we will get it if you need.

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Commercial Fishing, Seafood, Aquaculture, Marine & Oceans in Turks & Caicos Islands


The Turks and Caicos Islands is a sparsely populated island country located at the southern end of the Bahamian Archipelago. The Caicos Bank has supported an export oriented queen conch fishery for over 100 years. More recently, an export-oriented spiny lobster fishery developed and a burgeoning domestic market for reef fishes is currently developing as local tourism grows.


The main target species are Queen conch and spiny lobster, and the fisheries are small-scale.


Major Exports of Turks & Caicos Islands are: lobster, dried and fresh conch, conch shells


Great information here about Turks and Caicos Islands:
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A few popular types of local seafood are subject to fishing seasons, and are not available year-round. The Caribbean spiny lobster season is open typically from August to mid-April. The Nassau grouper season is typically open from March to November. Conch does have a fishing season in the Turks and Caicos, yet it only applies to exports, and conch is usually available fresh and in restaurants year-round.


Department of Fisheries & Marine Resources Management
Welcome to the Turks and Caicos Island Government (TCIG) Department of Fisheries & Marine Resources Management . As a Government department in the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Disaster Management, Heritage, Gaming and Maritime, we strive to continue the excellent legacy set by the Ministry in every conceivable way for the Government and People of the Turks and Caicos Islands. As you may be aware, the islands have a deep and meaningful maritime history of which the TCI people are extremely proud. So understand that if you are already a boat owner or planning to be a boat or ship owner under our flag, you do this with a view of continuing the proud traditions already set by the fore fathers of this great island nation.


Turks and Caicos Islands GLOBEFISH Market Profile - 2019 (PDF)
Established in 1984, GLOBEFISH is a multi-donor funded project in the Fisheries Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), responsible for providing up-to-date market and trade information on fish and fish products.


Local Seafood Availability
Spiny Lobster Common During August-April Open Season
Queen Conch Common
Yellowtail Snapper Common
Red Snapper Somewhat Common
Grey Snapper/Mangrove Snapper Common
Mutton Snapper Common
Lane Snapper/Candy Snapper Common
Nassau Grouper Common During March-November Open Season
Hogfish Sometimes Available
Red Hind Sometimes Available
Rock Hind Sometimes Available
Cero Uncommon
Mackerel Uncommon
Mahi-mahi Uncommon
Wahoo Uncommon
Blackfin Tuna Uncommon
Yellowfin Tuna Uncommon
Skipjack Tuna Uncommon



Some species of fish found in Turks & Caicos Islands:

Snappers, groupers, jacks, reef sharks, rainbow runners, barracudas, bonefish, mahi mahi, ladyfish, gray snapper, permit, blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, Atlantic spearfish, wahoo, king fish, yellowfin tuna, black fin tuna.


South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute
The Fish and Fisheries of the Turks & Caicos Islands
Project staff spent a large amount of time in the field meeting with fishers and collecting biological and catch information where possible. The months of May and June produced a surprisingly large amount of queen conch, an important fishery species in the TCI.



Locally caught seafood has always been a staple fare in Turks and Caicos cuisine, and fresh fish, conch, and lobster, caught only minutes or hours prior, can often be found at several locations on Providenciales. There are several small dedicated fish markets around the island, and the larger supermarkets usually stock local seafood as well. Fresh seafood is also often sold in the central Downtown area near Town Center Mall, from fishermen who trade from coolers in the back of trucks.

The small fish markets and the informal sales offered from coolers in the back of pickup trucks at Downtown Providenciales typically offer much better rates than what can be found in the grocery stores, often at about half the supermarket prices.

Commercial fishing in the Turks and Caicos typically takes place via small ‘conch boat’ vessels, with two or three fishermen per boat. The ocean waters surrounding the Turks and Caicos are some of the cleanest in the world, so our seafood is exceptional. Fish (snapper and grouper) is usually caught on or near the barrier reef that encompasses the Caicos Islands, Caribbean spiny lobster is found on the barrier reef at on inshore reefs, and queen conch is collected from relatively shallow Caicos Banks. South Caicos is the fishing capital of the Turks and Caicos, and exports seafood both locally to other islands, and internationally.

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