From a friend...
There was a time in my twenties, when big fish were normal in Belize. 36 lb lobster, 600
pound Jewfish, a three hundred pound jewfish was considered a baby. Conchs that were 18
That was Belize had even a smaller population than today. 40 years ago, just think Belize
had 60,000 people or thereabouts. Game meat was the food on the mainland, venison, gibnot
and such. I had a girl tourist of twelve years old, speared a Hogfish that was twice her
weight and size. She was unable to get it in the boat it was so big out at Caye Bokel.
One time I speared a black snapper that towed me a hundred yards underwater like I was a
I'm afraid like the American Indian and the Buffalo, the days of plenty and living off the
land, bush and sea are gone for the next generation in most of Belize, except Toledo. You
still get plenty of fish and game, but they are things we would have rejected and thrown back
to grow up, when I was in my twenties. People lived subsistance. It was a great life back
then. Such nostalgic memories. I'm glad I lived through those years to see what it was in
old British Honduras. As population grows the complexity of life gets more expensive and
while the material things make life easier, it consumes a whole lot more labor. There is not
the leisure time for socializing we had back then.