GEOGRAPHY OF FISHING IN BRITISH HONDURAS AND ADJACENT COASTAL AREAS.
LOUISIANA STATE UNIV BATON ROUGE COASTAL STUDIES INST
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A small but flourishing fishing industry exists in northern British Honduras where it is an exception to the general lack of commercial fisheries along the lightly inhabited western coast of the Caribbean Sea between Cabo Catoche and Cabo Gracias a Dios. Aspects of the cultural geography of fishing are presented with emphasis on historical development and the contemporary distributions of practices established on islands adjacent to an extensive barrier reef. The inhabitants of fishing villages usually have similar racial and ethnic backgrounds but tend to adopt a single characteristic fishing method distinct from their neighbors. Evidence of a substantial aboriginal coastal population was discovered in and around several large lagoons having an environment presently unsuited for agriculture. Analysis of pertinent colonial literature indicates that few items of the aboriginal fishing cultures were adopted by early settlers, and almost none is to be found in the present inventory of equipment. Limitations have been placed on the design of boat types and progress of shipbuilding by certain physical factors, but shipbuilding continues to be conducted on an informal basis preserving many antiquated construction methods. The introduction of modern processing, transportation, and marketing facilities has stimulated development of the spiny lobster industry so that it now far exceeds in value all other marine resources combined. The exploitation of scale fish continues to remain primarily on a subsistence level. Author
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Biological Oceanography