In Barbuda, fishing is an occupation for everyone. While some others take it as a full-time job, some others prefer to do it part-time or as a special vocation for them. Whether you do it only on weekends or you have your own massive fishing boat, the summary is that in Barbuda, is one huge fishing community. And wait for this: the most interesting part of the whole thing is that Barbudans do not even consider this a sporting activity. They actually fish to consume them. However, for those who really want to get sporty with fishing, there is an annual fishing competition precisely made for them.
In many parts of Barbuda, fishing is done in the traditional way, which is in no way funny or easy. Fishing pots made from locally sourced sticks and wire mesh are used. In some other instances, trammel nets can also be used for the fishing. For those in love with lobsters, the catching is done by hand with a wire lasso. The export of lobsters to the French Caribbean islands is a major economic activity. For the other aquatic organisms and fish caught, they are bought by the locals or sent off to Antigua as the final destination.
In Barbuda, you will be dazzled with the amazing array and diversity of the fish that is available. These include the grunt, snapper, barracuda, old wife, grunt and even sharks! Barbuda has them all! This year, a study carried out by the citizens in collaboration with Blue Halo show that there is actually a drop in the population of chub or parrot fish in the area. However, this is not really a very popular option for the people. But the disturbing trends noticed are that others are encroaching on the waters of Barbuda, thus driving out our limited stock further out into the sea.
The good news about this issue is that currently, there is the talk of zones where fishing will be prohibited. This may even mean closing down the Lagoon for a couple of years. Barbudans had relied on the Lagoon as a last resort whenever fish is in low supply. On our own, we are in full support of the no-fishing zones and we want to implore the authorities to deploy a coastguard boat so as to enforce all the rules and regulations. This is especially advisable in a situation where it seemed that some were flouting the rules and getting away with it.