It’s Red and White Lobster Fresh from Nicaragua; Have a Toot

Many of you are either Carib-babies like us, or love the Caribbean. Recently there was a special documentary tele program produced by Current.com on the Caribbean economy of the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua.

“Somebody who fishes out a cocaine parcel would see it as a blessing from God, not a reason to alert the authorities,” said Capt. Jose Echeverria, head of the port authority in Bluefields. “Take poverty and joblessness, add easy money and you get a bad mix.”

Many of you have never heard of the Miskito Coast, and will want to brush up on your geography. Central America’s Miskito Coast is where Nicaragua’s coast meets America’s Pocket and Plates, literally.

Marianna, the host takes us through the life-cycle of the Red Lobster and how it cripples the divers; in order to reach the plates of North America. Yes North America. Apparently America loves Lobster of both types.


America also loves the White Lobster, as much as the Red Lobster. Here have a toot, it’s fresh from Colombia

According to the U.S. government’s latest International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, most of the cocaine that ends up in the United States is shipped by speedboats, each capable of carrying 1.5 to 2 tons of cocaine, through the Western Caribbean, a route described as a “natural conduit for illicit drug trafficking organizations.”

Most of us don’t care for the White Lobster; but there are those who will go to almost any length to have, and enjoy it. probably by now you’ve guessed that the white lobster is Cocaine. yes cocaine.  this white lobster as they call it comes from the boats who jettison their cargo of drugs along the Miskito coast.  it’s wrapped like you see above.  Poor people walk the beaches looking for the White Lobster,  hopefully to find one; and then become rich for life.

Please get yourself an enjoyable beverage and settle in for a very interesting look at how America is Crippling the Miskito Coast, Literally.

This is the Link to the story at Current.com

As the number of lobsters decline, divers on the Miskito Coast are forced to dive deeper. Many have been crippled or killed. And as the region’s traditional economy begins to run dry, some are turning to an even riskier shadow economy, known locally as the “white lobster”.  Current TV’s Mariana van Zeller travels to this remote corner of Nicaragua to examine some very visible effects of overfishing and dwindling ocean resources.

Bon Appetito !


This is a clipping from Reuters about the cocaine issue in Nicaragua

BLUEFIELDS, Nicaragua (Reuters) – From the drug runners’ point of view, the working environment along Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast is as good as it gets.

Deep poverty, high unemployment and widespread resentment over decades of government neglect has made it easy for cocaine traffickers to set up support networks in the towns along the Miskito coast and the islands off it. The area is so remote and so different from the rest of Nicaragua, it could be another country.

Named after a 17th century Dutch pirate, Bluefields is the largest town in the area. The coast is populated largely by Miskito Indians and descendants of African slaves. English and Miskito are the dominant languages, corrugated iron and wood the dominant building materials.

To hear authorities tell it, many of the locals work for cocaine trafficking organizations as lookouts, intelligence agents, and suppliers of gasoline for speedboats refueling on the run from Colombia’s northern coast to Mexico — the penultimate stop on the long cocaine trail to the United States.

According to the U.S. government’s latest International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, most of the cocaine that ends up in the United States is shipped by speedboats, each capable of carrying 1.5 to 2 tons of cocaine, through the Western Caribbean, a route described as a “natural conduit for illicit drug trafficking organizations.”

The report estimated that several hundred “go-fast vessels” leave the northern Colombian coast each year and added: “A go-fast boat is by far the hardest target to find and collectively they represent our greatest maritime threat.”

The smugglers’ craft of choice is a fiberglass vessel powered by three 250 horsepower motors for a top speed of 70 miles per hour (110 kmh) — faster than the obsolescent patrol boats of Nicaragua’s Atlantic Command.

What the U.S. sees as a threat, many of the impoverished inhabitants of the area see as an opportunity. Apart from steady incomes for those providing logistics support, many harbor hopes of winning the cocaine equivalent of the lottery — finding 25-kilogram (55-pound) waterproof parcels of cocaine floating in the sea after being dumped by smugglers pursued by the navy or spilled in accidents.

One parcel would be worth around $75,000 here, a huge sum in the poorest region of the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere (after Haiti). Half of Nicaragua’s 5.5 million people live on less than a dollar a day.

Rags-to-riches tales involving seaborne cocaine have become part of the local lore on the coast, and the islet of Sandy Bay is spoken of frequently. A Miskito-speaking community of a few hundred people, it has changed from wooden shacks and transistor radios to solid homes built of stone and sprouting satellite dishes

“Somebody who fishes out a cocaine parcel would see it as a blessing from God, not a reason to alert the authorities,” said Capt. Jose Echeverria, head of the port authority in Bluefields. “Take poverty and joblessness, add easy money and you get a bad mix.”

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