The fishing industry in Trinidad is largely artisanal. Most vessels operate out of the west coast of Trinidad, but some operate on the other coasts. It has been estimated that 13 000 persons are directly involved in the fishing industry with 50 000 persons indirectly involved. The vessel most commonly used in this fishery is the pirogue. This is a wooden, fibreglass or fibreglass-coated open boat 7-9 m in length, propelled by outboard engines usually between 45-75 HP. Artisanal gillnets are either multifilament or monofilament nets. The multifilament net is made of cotton, although nylon and other synthetic twines are more common now and is heavier than the monofilament net, which is made of transparent nylon. Line methods include "a-la-vive" (fishing with live bait using hooks and nylon twine line), switchering (handline with baited hooks deployed while vessel is stationary), trolling/towing (4-6 lines are towed from bamboo outriggers off vessel) and target kingfish, with other species being caught. Fishers have certain concerns which many feel need to be fulfilled. They want to have greater security, protection of their equipment and gear, better facilities for the storage of fish for export and greater empowerment of their communities.
Source: Trinidad and Tobago National Report
PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AT SUKI BELAUSTEGUI WORKSHOP
I participated in a top class documentary photography workshop held by Mr Sebastian "Suki" Belaustegui. There I learned to produce photographs of indigenous communities at the heart of Chiapas, Mexico. what an amazing experience that comes highly recommended. Here is the summary of Suki's Workshop: