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Fish scarce at Consett Bay

Fish scarce at Consett Bay (Picture by Nigel Browne.)

By Carlos Atwell | Tue, April 03, 2012 - 12:05 AM

The sea off Consett Bay is dry; dry of flying fish.

Fisherfolk at that St John location had nothing but tales of woe to relate yesterday when a DAILY NATION team visited.

K. B. Reynolds said he knew of people who went out and returned with fish numbering in the single digits.

“No day boat has caught more than 500 fish for the season,” he said.

One such unlucky fisherman was Rawle Harewood, who said he went out around 5 a.m. yesterday and spent eight hours at sea for next to nothing.

“I caught only one flying fish,” he said, showing his lone catch.

A boat came in while THE NATION team was speaking to the fishermen. Three people went out to meet it but the tale did not improve as the catch consisted of only eight flying fish.

Here, Harewood throwing up a hand in despair as he holds the lone fish he caught after spending eight hours at sea.

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Posted by Frank Husbands 2 years, 6 months ago
We over-fished the Sea Egg and also the Flying fish.Unlike land farmers fishermen don't do anything to contribute to their harvest.They just throw the nets into the water and expect the fish to be dumb enough to keep swimming into them.

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Posted by wayne husbands 2 years, 6 months ago
I am not sure that overfishing is the one or only reason to this scarce bajan fishermen were arrested and detained in tobago for fishing in tobago's water that was because the fish changed thier migratory route, there may be other reasons for this..like global warming,rising ocean water levels,mining/drilling in the oceans and seas in the caribbean. what we could be looking at with diligence is an agreement between barbados and t&t. @frank husbands.. there is no shortage of fish ,they are just swimming further out of bajan waters and the industry is becoming a boom in tobago

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Posted by D. Stoute 2 years, 6 months ago
Didn't government call for a moratoriuim on sea egg harvesting? Perhaps there should also be one on flying fish. Sooner or later the source will dry up if overfished.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 2 years, 6 months ago
yo'all got a surplus man! Jesus fed five thousand with five barley loaves two small fishes. Boil some fish broth and share it around and wait for blessings of increase. Life won't be the same everyday and think on the purpose of the Lenten Season.

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Posted by Daniel Burton 2 years, 6 months ago
Give me a break! Are these people trying to tell me that there are ONLY flying fish in the water? Just like any other business you must adapt to the current operational climate to stay "afloat". What goes up always comes back down, the only question is when!

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Posted by Ned Brown 2 years, 6 months ago
Everyday is fishing day but everyday ain't catching day!

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