Caribbean Fishing & Fishermen

“Fishermen occupy a unique position in modern Caribbean social structure. ” – Richard Price, Harvard University

There is a great value of fish in the Caribbean which is obvious in the presence of fishing industries in every island. Although limited in resources to develop a large scale fishing industry, Caribbean fishing allows for the enjoyment of varying styles of cuisines that incorporates fish as a delicacy. Trawling Lining, Seining, Fillet gill nets as well as fish pots and reels are techniques used in fish catching. The method chosen is dependent on the type and size of fish to be caught. Fishing is a year round activity that directly employs thousands of people. In the Caribbean, fish is may be processed by salting, smoking or coating (known as fresh fish) often if there is a delay between the time caught and consumed/sold.

There is historically evidence of how their specialised way of life came into being to the present. Caribbean fishing slaves – at first Amerindians and then Africans – were from the beginning a privileged subgroup within the plantation system, and their unusual socio-economic role permitted a smooth transition to a life of a free fishermen.

 

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Spotlight on ULTRA CARNIVAL by Ozelle & Natasha

It all started with outstanding social media marketing when ‪#‎Ultra promoted its ‪#‎UltraCulture hastags‬ which helped to create high waves of excitement for the newly founded mas experience for St. Kitts & Nevis National Carnival SugarMas44‬.

ULTRA Carnival branded itself as an “intimate and unforgettable first class all-inclusive mas experience that features impeccable service and glamorous high fashion costumes.” Before you knew it, ESCAPE was sold out before December and on Grand Parade Day saw a total of 180 mas players. It wasn’t just something new. #UltraCulture fit the taste of so many and is today commended for developing a brand that helped to bring many NEW mas players on the road for #SugarMas44

It was definitely ‪#‎UltraMadness‬ as the beautifully designed costumes and gorgeous mas players touched the road exhibiting everything #UltraCulture. It was fun and plenty fashion!

This new mas experience may have drawn from many different experiences in the region but what made it truly different was the strong influence of the owners’ own unique styles and expertise. A collective approach that may have helped to define itself within space and time.

We look forward to hearing more about #Ultra innovations and well organized mas experiences. Keep up the excellent work!

Photos by B’jon Lamari Bass & QuiteVivid Multimedia Inc

Spotlight on Sasha Herbert 

In light of the recently concluded #SugarMas44 festivities in the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis, here is a splendid piece that caught our attention on stage during the St. Kitts & Nevis National Carnival Queen Pageant exhibited by contestant, Jaheida Lewis

The piece that Jaheida Lewis paraded on stage for the segment, National Pride, highlighted the newly founded CPL T20 team, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots. It was drawn by, 20 year old Sasha Herbert, resident and avid artist in SKN.