Dying for lobster #4
Scuba diving for lobster is considered one of the most dangerous job in the world.
Lobster fishing is one of the largest and most important commercial fishing industries in Central America and Caribbean. According to the C/A Center for Marine Studies and DIGEPESCA (General Directorate for Fisheries and Aquaculture ) this industry generates about $450 million annually. Every year Honduras exports over $40 million worth of lobster to the U.S. market alone.
Lobsters are caught commercially in two ways, using traps or using scuba divers. In Honduras during the 2016-2017 fishing season, 2.5 million pounds of Lobster were caught commercially, of that approximately 1/3 of it was caught using scuba divers (DIGEPESCA 2018). In 2009 scuba diving for lobster was declared illegal in Central America by the OSPESCA (Organisation for Central American Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector). Despite the new law countries like Honduras and Nicaragua diving is still allowed for lobster fishing on an industrial level.
Indigenous people from La Mosquitia are used to scuba dive for lobster. According to GOAL every year between 2500 and 3000 divers are used to fish lobster. They dive up to 17 times per day to a depth of 100ft for the 8 months season. Diving under these excessive uncontrolled conditions is very dangerous. Every year some of them die and many others a paralyzed for the rest of their life with no financial medical assistance.
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