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By KeysNet Staff. July 20, 2013

A Jupiter man faces a misdemeanor resource charge after a state marine officer discovered he had taken five queen conchs from the waters of Higgs Beach in Key West on Thursday.

Queen conchs used to be plentiful but overfishing led to a state law banning their commercial harvest in Keys waters in 1975. Eleven years later, the harvest of all conch — commercial and recreational — was declared illegal statewide. Read  more