Lobster Fishing in Mahahual

I was on the pier in Mahahual awhile back trying my hand at some fishing, when I noticed a lot of activity at the end of the pier.  I put down my pole and went to have a look.  Come to find out the local fishermen were bringing in the lobster harvest.

i stood and watched while the boats unloaded the lobster cages and traps, and separated the lobster to be sent to market.  It was an interesting process, and I took some photos to show how it is done.

Fresh lobster is very popular during lobster season in all the restaurants on the malecon in Mahahual.  A lot of people in Mahahual spear fish to catch lobster around the reef.  The lobster here are not big red ones like you see in Maine and the USA, but smaller brown lobster, but they still taste good.

In Mahahual lobster is used in a variety of dishes, like pizza, pasta, soup, and just about any way you can think off.  There is nothing like a fresh lobster right out of the sea.

There is a fishing cooperative in Mahahual that fishes for lobster and all the other seafood that is provided for the Mahahual community.  They take care to protect the reef, and to make sure it is not over fished, so it will be here for years to come.  Also the Mexican Navy patrols the area to help guard against poachers and illegal fishing.

So here are some photos to give you some kind of idea how lobster is brought to the market in Mahahual.

End of pier.

End of pier.

Boats drop cages into water.

Boats drop cages into water.

Guy dives down to bring up cages.

Guy dives down to bring up cages.

Diver with cage.

Diver with cage.

Bringing up cages.

Bringing up cages.

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Seperating lobster.

separating lobster.

Lobster boat.

Lobster boat.

Loading into truck for market.

Loading into truck for market.

 

Mahahual lobster and some fish fresh caught.

Mahahual lobster and some fish fresh caught.

Lobster dinner.

Lobster dinner.

 

So if like lobster, like to eat lobster, like to fish for lobster,  Mahahual has it.  I have been told that because the waters around the reef and Mahahual are so clean and pristine that it gives the lobster a taste like no other you will experience.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

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