Honey Bea III refuses to answer accusation of fishing for turtles
Contributed by BFP reader CJB
The Careenage and Harbour used to be a garbage strewn muddy dump. They have spent years cleaning it up and landscaping the surrounds. They have even restored the lift bridge to working order. However now that the area has been cleaned up and the water is far less murky (polluted?) turtles have started to appear, largely attracted by the free food from the deep-sea fishing boats moored there.
Unfortunately some of the deep-sea fishing vessels are now also trying to catch the turtles with rod, line and hook. The boat we saw was Honey Bee III. (Editor’s note: I think he means Honey Bea III)
They had a rope over the side with what looked like the entrails of a large fish at the end of it – two Hawksbill turtles were attempting to get bits off it. One was an adult, another a juvenile. However there was another conventional fishing rod and line with hook also dangling in the water. It was baited with fish – quite why it was there is a moot point. It was this that the adult turtle got caught on – obviously attracted to the bait on the hook. There was quite a struggle by one of the guys to ‘land’ it and the rod bent right down. Eventually the turtle surfaced and its head broke the water – my photo in hi-res clearly shows the line from the rod to the hook in its beak.
Then the line snapped and the turtles (both) swam off. The two staff carried on gutting a barracuda as though nothing had happened. The whole incident also witnessed by a number of tourists.
This incident was quickly reported to the Barbados Sea Turtle Project. They emailed the owner of Honey Bee III who deigned to reply. The police are supposed to monitor these kind of situations but rarely if ever follow up any complaints.
The folk at the Barbados Sea Turtles Project emailed me to say:
“This is definitely a growing problem and involves a lot of boats. However, it is not an insurmountable problem. As you know, it is illegal to catch turtles (“no person shall fish for or ensnare any turtle”), so the Police could be called. I have also asked Fisheries if they would collaborate with us on a poster that points out the dangers of hook and line fishing in harbor and that it is illegal to ensnare a turtle (I take that to mean deliberately OR accidentally). Peer pressure and tourist pressure may reduce the incidence of it occurring. Frankly, it is common sense not to put out a baited hook when there are turtles around.”
Stainless Steel Hooks are death for marine life
On the Barbados Sea Turtle Project Facebook page they request:
“Fishing is a traditional and much loved activity throughout the world including the Caribbean. In addition to commercial fishing, individuals can often be observed fishing from the beach, piers / jettys, rocks and cliffs. All too often turtles are accidentally hooked and unable to “do any better” the fisherman cuts the line and releases the turtle. When hooks are made from traditional metals they soon rust away in the salt water to nothing. This while unfortunate and painful reduces the risk of lasting injury to the turtle. However many fisherman opt to use stainless steel hooks which are resistant to rust and can last longer, giving them more “bang” for their buck. This bang may mean death for a turtle or other marine life …”
Honey Bea III Sport Fishing in Barbados
Honeybea Charters operates in the tourism hospitality service of the Caribbean Island Barbados. It provides a deep sea fishing and coastal cruise service on a single sleek 40 FT Cabin Cruiser Honey Bea III. The business steadily employs an experienced captain accompanied by a professional angler mate. Barbados hospitality sport fishing is very exciting, relaxing, fun with good value for the costs involved.
Honey Bea III is a 40 FT custom built sports avenger sportfishing vessel powered by twin 6-354 Perkins Diesels, with a fresh water shower and 2 cabins including 2 heads. Safety equipment is included on board and top of the line fishing equipment includes 5 Penn Rods and Todd fishing chairs.
The services provided by Honey Bea charters include the following:
- A dependable and comfortable boat for the excursion
- Vehicular transport to and from the boat berth
- Light refreshments and alcoholic beverages, soda, beer, rum punch, sandwiches, snacks, etc.
- Fresh bait and well maintained fishing tackle and equipment.
- Teaching clients how to fish for varieties of saltwater trophy fish such as Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi (Dorado), Marlin, Tuna, etc.
- Filleting of fish
- Snorkeling equipment
- Coastal cruises, snorkeling excursions visiting and swimming with tame sea turtles.
These combined services and products provide clients with an opportunity to have a relaxing, fun, and exotic deep sea fishing adventure while visiting or holidaying in Barbados.