The 19th anniversary of the International Fishing Tournament on Sunday (April 24) brought out aficionados for the viewing of some of Cayman’s largest catches. Marine biologist Craig Watson made his fourth trip to the island for the event.
The purpose of his trip included judging the tournament, making sure that the fish were caught within the confines of marine science as well as observing the stock of Wahoo genetics in Cayman and comparing it to other parts of the Caribbean and the Atlantic. Mr. Watson added that he’s also interested in Cayman’s Tarpon when making the fishing trip to Cayman.
“I fish for Bone fish and Tarpon when I’m here so I love your Bone fish,” Mr Watson said as he explained his preference of Cayman’s fish.
Tournament organiser Len Layman says he supports the arrival of Mr. Watson to the island and he trusts his expertise. He says fishing is a part of Caymanian heritage and will be in the future.
“I always like to say fishing is a part of our heritage here in the Cayman Islands and it can be part of our future but only if we treat the marine environment properly,” Mr. Layman said. Layman emphasized the importance of conservation efforts for Cayman’s fish and says catch limits should also be explored.
“If we have a healthy stock of marine life in our waters and that can only come about through treating it respectfully and proper management. That means putting on catch limits where there’s needed like the actions that the country is taking with the ban on fishing the grouper,” Mr. Layman said.
The competition was described as the best one yet by Dr. Watson and Mr. Layman said he was more than happy with the turn out.