The Caye Caulker Lobsterfest is “the original” – and, its organizers may boast, the best. As with their counterparts in San Pedro and Placencia, last weekend La Isla Cariñosa became “La Isla de Langosta” – the island of the lobster. As Romeo the cook tells us, there are many ways to sample the delicious crustacean:
” I have whole Lobsters, Kabobs, and a special tea that I just mad which is a Lemon Ginger Lobster. I have my whole lobster which is served with Lemon Butter. The Kabobs go with Belizean Rice and Beans. Everything is fresh and these lobsters were caught yesterday. I have lobster tails going for $15 US which is $30 BZD.”
Meanwhile conservation organization OCEANA Belize was busy recruiting “wave makers” to join, as explained by one of their volunteers:
“We are here trying to gather supporters and wave makers to sign up and to be in the loop about what we are doing. They always want to know how they can help. They can help us by becoming volunteers, assisting with cleanup or just visiting our booth. We are out here talking about sustainable fishing and just creating awareness about our campaigns, Offshore oil , protecting of juvenile fish and band and gill nets. That’s what we are focusing on.”
And a staff member of the Fisheries Department explained how one can ensure that the lobster is around for years to come:
“This is the Fisheries Department booth and we are here to inform the public about the different initiatives that we have. We know that we are celebrating the Lobsterfest today and we must inform people about all the regulations that comes with the lobsters. We want sustainable fishing for our country. We inform people that if you break any rules or regulations they can be prosecuted under the laws of the fisheries department and they can be charged.”
The Lobsterfest is an annual, three-day event, usually held at the end of June into early July.