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Apr 17, 2019

Easter and Fish Rush!

Fresh fish and Easter go hand in hand for many Belizeans. The tradition of eating fish on Good Friday is alive and well in Belize. Every year, around this time, the price of fish goes up and it is no different this year. But buyers will tell you that they don’t mind paying the price for fish because they want to stick to tradition for this religious holiday. We stopped in at the Conch Shell Bay Market to find out how things were going for sellers and buyers. Reporter Andrea Polanco has more in the following story.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

If you plan to eat fish for Easter, you may want to go out early at the Conch Shell Bay Market on Thursday. When we stopped in at the market this afternoon – residents were out buying their fish for the Easter holiday. Fishermen say that things are looking bright for them because their products are selling out quickly.

 

Fisherman #1

“We’ve been through the mills so we know what time it is inna deh yah time yah, right? So, it is nothing strange to say well we nuh know weh the happen. But apart from that after the Easter well you know things wah slow and we have to struggle again right?”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, dis dah like Krismus fi fishermen around dis time?”

 

Fisherman #1

“Exactly this dah fi we Christmas inna dis time yah right. Because you see where the fish deh? Ten dollars a pound. After the Easter it gwein down back to seven, six, five or eight dollars all depending on the type of fish you have to do business with, right?”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Suh weh people di come fah today? Weh kinda fish deh di buy?”

 

Fisherman #1

“Well most people di come fi snapper, barrow, mackerel, jack. We deh out deh couple days and like the fish deh nuh the eat  – dah like deh feel the Easter. I nuh ketch no mackerel and jack. From this mawning I bring this box full – when I say full, I mean full. You see how it look right now? Well, I cyaa complain. (laughs)”

 

Fisherman #2

“They are buying snapper, barrow, mackerel, whatever fish we have they are purchasing.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How much you selling a pound for?”

 

Fisherman #2

“I sell reasonable. I sell like for eight dollars, seven dollars, six dollars.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Even the snappers?”

 

Fisherman #2

“Yes, that is the way I sell. I sell cheap buh like deh guys.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Will you be back here tomorrow as the last day to be selling before the holiday?”

 

Fisherman #2

“No. That is it for me. I just work two or three days for the week and that is it.”

 

Buyers were out at the fish market getting their Snappers, Jacks, Mackerels and other favorites to keep with tradition on Good Friday. Prices per pound of Snapper ranged from eight dollars to ten dollars – but buyers say that they were willing to pay the price.

 

Buyer #1

“I come buy one fish for her. Only she wah have that fish for herself.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How will she cook that fish?”

 

Buyer #1

“She is a diabetic persona and she wah cook it the best way she feel like fi do it. I know that as her husband – it will be something very special for her.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And how you wah cook your fish?”

 

Buyer #1

“Oh I done know. I got my fish prepared long time. I got Cabello. I dah wah stevedore, so I ketch my fish long time from off the sugar boat. I got mine vacuum sealed inna my freeza already and I know exactly how I wah do mine. I like all my fish fried.”

 

Buyer #2

“I haffi come get mi fish, man. Dah nuh Good Friday without fish.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, this is a tradition fi you?”

 

Buyer #2

“Yes, man. Dis dah tradition from I dah lee bwai and I still outgrow it yet.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Care to share what you bought today and how much you paid?”

 

Buyer #2

“Well, thank God I get it fu eight dollars a pound and mostly snapper because only snapper I eat. I wah mek wah pot a sere.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, this is a Good Friday lunch or dinner?”

 

Buyer #2

“Yes. Sere or boil up you know – suh unu could come have some sere with me if unu want enuh, no problem; .unu welcome. (laughs)”

 

And others who work out at the market were also putting in the hours to make some money before the holiday sets in. One cleaner says that today was a good day for her – but she is hoping that more buyers will come out on Thursday.

 

Fish Cleaner

“So far so good because I give God thanks and praise when I come out yah because you neva know weh could happen and weh happen. The fish deh out yah but we nuh have enough buyers. So, I have to deh out yah fi see how I could ketch mi lee one –two. I just start come back come clean out yah and I go hussle because I haffi eat. Today is ok. It could be better if di the people deh come out and buy because you know some people go on trip and so. The ones deh weh come and buy – I thank God for it anyway.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.


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