Monday, June 01, 2009

Dia De La Marina

Today is Day of the Marina, which includes all things aquatic. Booths have been set up on the town square to celebrate it. The Ultramar ferry and the Navy station here on the island are represented.

As part of the exhibition, there is a kiosk with old pictures taken on the island. Some of them are really old showing the sand streets and all. Very interesting.

But one side of the kiosk really caught my attention. The one dedicated to fishing. Can you guess why?


















13 comments:

norm said...

One thing that I noticed about Yucatan that is different from the 70s and 80s, the game is all shot out. No deer along the roads or turkey in the fields, back in the day they were common. How are the big fish holding up to hunters?

Jamqueen said...

The first fishing photo looks like the guy was riding them! I know there are shark fishermen on the island now ( Xool for one) but I've never seen any like this...

CancunCanuck said...

Da du. Da du. dadudadudadudadu.....(That's my interpretation of the Jaws theme). Here sharky, sharky, sharky, stay away from Wayne please! :) Great photos.

Steve Cotton said...

Are they pictures of time share salesmen? Now, that is scary.

Islagringo said...

Norm: The "hunting out" of anything is a sad thing. That said, I am glad that the deer no longer hang out by the highways! I know that there are still plenty of rabbits in that jungle though! Tarantulas too. I get somewhat angry when the fishing Regattas come to town. I know that they are a valuable source of income for the island, but I wonder the impact on marine life (fish) in the area. What with contests for the biggest fish AND the largest amount of fish caught. The last regatta winner had caught 4000 pounds of fish! I asked quite a few people but nobody seemed to know what happened to these fish. Were they given away, sold, or just thrown in the garbage. I would really like to know. Maybe one of my readers knows.

Jamqueen: yes, shark fishing is a small industry here still. I understand that they have to go at least 8 miles out to even find one though. (Thank God!) These pictures are from days long gone by but they sure are interesting!

CC: good advice and I hope they hear you!

Steve: hahahahaha!

barry said...

That is indeed sad Wayne. the ongoing Waste of marine resources and the loss of alpha predators. At the current rate of destruction ..which last year was estimated at 100 million sharks worldwide( a large portion due to the oriental fetish of shark fins and the macho attitude that catching Sharks is Difficult).. pictures may be all our grandkids have to appreciate this magnificent wonder of Nature.

KfromMichigan said...

That's why I stay out of the water .. scary stuff.

Life's a Beach! said...

I got tricked into eating 'baby shark' tacos a couple of years ago (my host told me it was chicken). Ick! I like the shallow waters of Playa Norte (where you could see that fin coming for quite aways).

Jamqueen said...

Wayne --the fishing tournament that we are a part of gives 95% of the fish caught ( no where near the amt. of one boat in the regatta) to the captains( all Islenos) & the Velasquez family. A small amount of barracuda & a few other fish are kept to cook for the party on the 2nd day--nothing goes to waste

Arizona Kelly said...

Wow, I can feel you shudder while looking at those pictures from here!

I am most certain all those sharks where all caught right out in front of your house ;)

Islagringo said...

barry: hear,hear! Although my biggest phobia in life revolves around sharks, I still do not advocate their senseless destruction. For my part, I stay out of their world.

kfrommichigan: you too? I even have to fight with myself to go into a pool! What if something comes up through the drain!

jam: bless your heart for filling us all in. I just couldn't believe that people who cared enough about fishing would support the senseless waste of so many fish. I am so glad to hear the truth. Thank you.

AK: I hope they were caught in front of my house (and yours too!) That way I would know North Beach is safe!

Merida Mikey said...

The fotos posted on your blog have reinforced my decision to never go into salt water!

I came here from Florida where shark attacks happen frequently, and often go unreported by the media so as to not scare the tourists away. Most shark attacks occur in water no more than 3 feet deep!

?Ya gotta luv a swimming pool!!

Anonymous said...

had to laugh at canuck's comment because that's exactly what came to my mind. after seeing jaws, it took me years to go into deep water again. i think a lot of people share your fear of sharks.

have a gret day wayne.

teresa