The Aggregations of the Crustaceans – Part 2

The weekend after San Pedro’s Lobsterfest, and I’m back in the cayes, feasting once again on the delicious spiny little critters – only this time, I’m in Caye Caulker.  And I’m not spending all my time quaffing rum punches and lounging about (not ALL my time, anyway) – I’m working.  Like our trip to the Ag Show back in May, the BCVI is on an awareness-raising mission / fund-raising drive – this time, to raise money for our Rehab department and their work.  As part of the BCVI’s mission to both eradicate blindness and to rehabilitate those who are already irrevocably blind, our Rehab officers know the 1,200 people in Belize who are on our blind register, and work with them, their families, schools, and employers, to help them lead as independent lives as possible.  This not only involves the BCVI paying for the staff and their time, but also for the materials and equipment they supply; plus, the BCVI doesn’t charge its clients for these services (many of whom probably wouldn’t be able to pay anyway).  So this vital service costs us a truckload of money to provide, but doesn’t generate any income (as a non-profit organisation, nothing we do [or sell] generates a huge amount of income).  Hence the importance of fund-raising. Continue reading

The Aggregations of the Crustaceans – Part 1

Belize’s tropical waters are home to a smorgasbord of tasty marine life, including the Caribbean Spiny Lobster.  It’s an ugly but delicious sea insect (lobsters are arthropods, just like shrimps, crabs, scorpions, and spiders – remember that, the next time you say you love prawn cocktail but get all grossed out by someone eating a bug on TV), and it’s a very popular seafood menu item here.  So popular in fact, that the Fisheries Department has a season (and size limit) on them – lobster season runs from June to February; so for almost all of the first half of every year (the lobsters mating and spawning season), it’s not on the menu (but it’s conch season then, so you can feast on delicious sea snails instead!). Continue reading