What you need to know about Festival Del Mar Anguilla
Festival Del Mar means so much to the seafaring ancestry of Anguillians who plyed the sea in search of her abundance, built the boats that carried them and used their instinct to find their food. We owe so much to those who continue to make their living from the sea as it is no less expensive as it is risky.
Anguilla’s Fishing CommunitiesAnguilla’s main fishing communities are Blowing Point, Sandy Ground and Island Harbour. These communities have developed their talents in all things sea – swimming, fishing, captaining, boat building, you name it! And, it’s no less of a surprise that all these communities are close the the sea, have a beach and their own wharfs.
Anguilla’s National Sport, Boat Racing, also has its roots in fishing, as fishermen once used similarly built sail boats to go out to the fishing grounds. But, the race itself came as a result of the movement of Anguillians between the Dominican Republic and Anguilla for work. Today, majority of the boats are motorised and hand-built in Anguilla. Anguilla has a 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone due to there being no land masses directly North of Anguilla – that is, until you reach Nova Scotia, Canada. Fishermen, however, take advantage of mainly between 50 – 100 nautical miles where they catch yellow fin tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, and a range of other pelagic fish. They also engage in deep sea fishing bringing in snappers, silks and groupers, to name a few. Pot fishing is also common for reef fish like parrots, old wife and even hines and, traps are also set for lobsters and crayfish.