Monday, May 6, 2019

Fishing for the Future

Inside the collective effort to bring sustainable lobster fishing to The Bahamas

Hundreds of years ago, Spanish Wells located in The Bahamas, was known as an oceanic crossroad for ships traveling between the Western Hemisphere and Europe. Its name comes from the freshwater wells that supplied water to ships on their way back to Spain. Today, the colorful and quiet mile-long island of Spanish Wells has become the largest lobster-fishing port in The Bahamas, surrounded by stunning coral reefs and clear water that draw not only divers and snorkelers to the area, but also provide prime habitat for rock lobster, also known as spiny lobster.

In fact, Bahamian lobster is a $90 million industry that employs about 9,000 fishermen (mostly family businesses from the area) selling 6 million pounds of rock lobster tails annually—primarily to the United States.  Read more >>