Dying for Lobster
Scuba diving for lobster is considered one of the most dangerous job in the world.
In 2009 this fishing method was declared illegal in Central America by the OSPESCA (Organisation for Central American Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector). Despite the new law it is a matter of fact that in some countries like Honduras and Nicaragua scuba diving lobster fishing is still allowed on industrial level.
According to Global GOAL every year, just in Honduras, between 2500 and 3000 divers are used to fish lobster. They dive up to 17 times a day to a depth of 100ft. Some of them die and many others got paralysed for the rest of their life. Decompression sickness involved many problems beside the paralysis, like deafness, impotence, respiratory failure, blindness, migraine and others health issues.
In Honduras, during the fishing season 2017/18, were fished 2.8 million pounds of Lobster, approximately 1/3 of it was fished using scuba divers (DIGEPESCA 2018).
La Mosquitia is the largest wildlife area in Central America. A large tropical rain forest between Honduras and Nicaragua. An extremely poor and remote region with a population of approximately 80000 people divided in four main etching groups, Misquitos, Garifuna, Tawahkas and Petch.