Saturday, February 16, 2008

Giant Freshwater Shrimp of Jamaica

In Remote Valley, a Grim Redefinition of ‘Fishing’

I had no idea there were 'lobster size' freshwater shrimp inhabiting remote streams in Jamaica. Unfortunately, greed has reared it's ugly head to cause ecological destruction: the Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains here, people go fishing by dumping poison in the Rio Grande. Any toxin will do. Some favor the pesticide used to keep insects off the coffee plants. Others use the potent solution used to rid cows of ticks. When subjected to the poison, the shrimp — large and small — float right to the top. So do the fish. Catching them is as easy as scooping them up before the river washes them and the poison away...

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