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#71993 - 08/12/03 01:08 AM The journey from reef to Red Lobster
Marty Offline
THE JOURNEY FROM REEF TO RED LOBSTER

"Belize's magnificent barrier reef and outer atolls provide employment for
about 1500 fishermen and their families through cooperatives that sell to
restaurants like Red Lobster". It was this part of the speech delivered by
Honorable Servulo Baeza, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, that caught
my attention at the opening of Caye Caulker's annual lobsterfest. A short
time
later, in his address, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Honorable Mark Espat,
mentioned the hard working fisher folk who would not be at the Caye Caulker
Lobsterfest, but who would instead be driving a 13 million dollar fisheries
industry. At that point I knew that there was more to the Caye Caulker
Lobsterfest than just the partying.

Yes, the plan had been to come enjoy Lobsterfest on La Isla Carinosa of
Caye Caulker. And yes, we were supposed to capture people enjoying
Belize's favorite shellfish, the spiny lobster, and to join Caye Cauqueños in
celebrating an industry that has sustained their island throughout its
history.
But.well. you see, during the opening ceremonies that morning, plans
kinda changed.

JC, I'm sorry I forgot to notify you. I apologize for saying I'd be right
back but
didn't return. I really didn't intend for you to be worried about me as I
pedaled
around the island. It's just that I had to find the story behind the
Lobsterfest.
I'm sure that when you hear it you'll understand.

Click here to read the entire article:
http://www.belizeanjourneys.com/features/norcoop/newsletter.html

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#71994 - 08/12/03 03:42 AM Re: The journey from reef to Red Lobster
NYgal Offline
Great story, thanks for sharing the url. smile

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#71995 - 08/12/03 03:16 PM Re: The journey from reef to Red Lobster
mayatravel Offline
You should all know that the writer, Daniel Rath, just had his braces taken off. The kid will be up for his first Pulitzer by the time he's 20 if he keeps writing stories like this.

You ask me about the future of Belize? It's all the kids like him that give me hope. And we have lots of them in Belize.
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