Author: Kerri Griffith, Training Assistant, Curriculum Development and Training Department
Maracas Bay is one of the major tourist attractions located in the Northern Range of Trinidad and Tobago. As tourists both domestic and international visit the area to gain access to the sun, sand and sea that is surrounded by lush and undulating mountains. At first glance, anyone visiting the area would be attracted to mainly the expansive bay. However, Maracas Bay is home to five villages namely Maracas Bay Old Road, Grand Fond Road, Tyrico Bay, Damien Bay and The Fishing Village.
The Fishing Village is located on the western end of Maracas Bay and the settlement begins near the beachfront and gradually filters into the hillside where a plethora of homes and small businesses can be seen. The street begins with the Maracas Bay Hotel and there are a variety of small businesses such as bars, parlours and a clothes shop along the stretch. The Fishing Village is one of the most prominent fish landing and retail sites on the north coast of Trinidad. At this location fishermen offload their catch of King Fish, Cavalli, Shark, Marlin, Jashwa, Mahi Mahi and Snapper before sale. These fishermen sometimes sell their catch directly out of their coolers or proceed to sell at the Marcas Bay Fish Market or any of the other vending stalls lining the Maracas Fishing Village Road.
According to residents, the Maracas Bay Fish Market has been in existence for over 50 years and it is in need of some repairs. When asked about the impact of COVID-19 on sales, the responses varied as some fishermen stated that their sales were greatly impacted while others noted that fluctuations in sales is a common trend in the industry. However, despite the challenges of the fishing industry the residents all possessed a resounding love for Maracas Bay and the art of fishing.