The distant memory of a bustling fishing village of Port Morant which invited many businesses to the St Thomas location lives rent-free in the minds of fishermen still active in the area.
Those who remain remember a time when the tiny village was one of the most favorite stops for seafood shopping, with consumers walking past other markets just to access their precious, trendy bait, a fresh take from one of the country’s best harbors, Bowden Harbor.
Lanzurt Hemming, who has been a member of the community’s fishing society for over 30 years, however said that while the quality of their catch remains excellent, the fishing village of Port Morant has not been as bustling as it is. the past.
“At first the fishing village was very good and now it’s only a handful of boats here. The first time you would see paddle and motor boats coming regularly from the sea. When on Saturdays and Sundays mornings arrive, it was like a carnival on this beach but late we lost it, we are just trying to find it, “he said.
According to him, “The biggest contribution to the downfall of the beach is that the younger generation is not contributing to the fishery.
Hemming, who has spoken enthusiastically about the joys of fishing, admitted that over the years it has proven to be a very rewarding profession, sharing that a lot can be gained from the work. “It’s a beneficial experience. More than 30 years of experience and if it had not been beneficial, I would have been out of it a long time ago. I can encourage any youngster to adopt it. ”
“There’s a kid here doing his thing too, so I don’t know how many will be jealous and follow him,” Hemming said, referring to Oshane Walcott who has been fishing in the village for some time.
Accepting the rewards offered by the bait hooks and the casting spoon, the fisherman gave his approval to the profession.
He shared that he had so far done well in the village and suggested that other young people would venture into the deep water for a living if the village had the necessary infrastructure. The men who had gathered by the sea nodded in agreement that the fishing village of Port Morant could use a facelift and the area is ready for development.
Walcott shared his hope that investors would see the “gold mine” they are working on and move on to provide the financial fuel needed for its recovery.
“They would need to know what they are investing in and realize that if you invest in the fishery right now there is no loss, especially here. The gas station, which is the only one in St Thomas where you can get gasoline for the boats, is right here on site, so that’s a plus, “he said. Among the facilities needed are proper bathrooms and storage areas.
“We don’t feel safe. We need storage mainly because we can’t leave anything here or it could be stolen. As we are coming from the sea, the motor has to come out of the boat and everything goes home,” did he declare. “The fishing is wonderful. It beats everything on the doorstep, we just need the facilities.”