Lobster Season looks promising

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 23            June 20, 2002

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Lobster season officially opened last Saturday with a sizeable catch - now adorning many dinner tables all over Belize. Caribeña Producers Cooperative reported the total amount of lobster received on the first day of the season (June 15th) to be 1,865 pounds. This amount is 798 pounds more than the first day last year. The 2001 season was considered to be one of the worst years in the history of lobster trapping.

    As in previous years, local fishermen started their day at sea as early as 4:00 a.m. visiting their numerous lobster traps (nasas) and shades (habitats) in hopes of returning to town with a good catch. Although most of the fishermen returned with a larger catch than last year, it was not as good as other years when over 3000 pounds of lobster was delivered to the cooperative on the first day of the season. Even though the amount of lobster received is higher, the Cooperative feels that many more lobsters may have been harvested during the first day but actual numbers cannot be confirmed by them as many fishermen sell their products directly to restaurant owners and other businesses.

    In speaking to one lobster fisherman he stated, "The lobster season looks good this year. If all the fishermen abide by the laws and do not fish juvenile lobster, we will be able to save the lobster industry, that once thrived in San Pedro."

    Lobster season is welcomed by residents and tourists alike who are able to enjoy some of the finest crustaceans Belize has to offer - Bon Appetite!

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