Queen conchs have been utilized by man since prehistoric times--for food, pottery, tools, dishes, adornment and for fish hooks. Their numbers are declining now more than ever. In the Bahamas, for example, it is believed that deep water populations sustain the smaller shallow water populations. Queen conchs are not yet an endangered species, yet the industry based on fishing for them is endangered and they are listed on Appendix II of CITES, meaning that their trade is subject to quotas. Some type of management needs to be implemented in the Caribbean, for example, to prevent the rapid disappearance of these animals.
The slow moving nature of the conchs, their pinkish-rose shells, and their frequency in shallow waters make them an easy target for fisherman.
The family Strombidae is mainly extinct, surviving for the most part in the W.Indian region and the Indo-Pacific.