Carli Bay Fish Fest aimed at boosting domestic tourism  

Kristy Ramnarine

Foodies and fish lovers can look out for the 2nd Annual Carli Bay Fish Fest which is scheduled to take place at the Carli Bay Fishing Facility on June 29.

The Carli Bay fishing village is located in Couva, Trinidad.  Photo by Lawrence Jason Arjoon.

The Carli Bay fishing village is located in Couva, Trinidad.

Photo by Lawrence Jason Arjoon.

The fes­ti­val, which is is being put on by the Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce (CPCC), along with the Couva Tabaquite Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC) and Carli Bay Fishing Association, will com­mem­o­rate St. Pe­ter’s Day.

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It will be­gin with the bless­ing of the boats and fish­er­men, followed by a street parade from Chin's Supermarket (Perseverance Village Couva), and end with a formal programme from 4 pm.

According to CTTRC Chairman Henry Awong the Carli Bay Fish Fest is a Local Economic Development (LED) initiative aimed at boosting domestic tourism.

“In order to boost international tourism you have to first upgrade the domestic tourism product,” Awong told Tourism Talk.

“The event will not showcase fishermen and local cooks, but it is also an income generator for all those involved, including service providers and entertainers.”

A fisherman shows his catch at Carli Bay.

A fisherman shows his catch at Carli Bay.

Car­li Bay village is an unassuming for­eign ex­change gen­er­a­tor due to an un­like­ly source, the cut­lass­fish.

The University of the West Indies online guide to animals in Trinidad and Tobago said the predatory fish, also known as the largehead hairtail, is plain silver in colour with a band-like body, that is elongated and compressed.

It is regarded as a delicacy which also has medicinal properties.

Of course the cutlassfish will be one of the days main feature, along with other unique and local fish dishes like warap (rice cooked with fish), fish broth, oyster accra and herring tea. In addition, there will be booths featuring locally grown products including the famous Moruga Hill Rice.

The Proman Group present a cheque to the organisers of the Carli Bay Fish Festival.

The Proman Group present a cheque to the organisers of the Carli Bay Fish Festival.

Just last week the event re­ceived a time­ly in­jec­tion of $100,000 from the Pro­man Group which op­er­ates in the Point Lisas In­dus­tri­al Es­tate.

The cheque was hand­ed over to the Car­li Bay Fishing As­so­ci­a­tion at the Cou­va Point Lisas Cham­ber of Com­merce fa­cil­i­ties on Cam­den Road.

Col­lis Williams, a man­ag­er at Pro­man said the company plans to share what it can with fence­line com­mu­ni­ties and take an ac­tive role in up­com­ing events.

The Carli Bay fishing vliage offers villagers a scenic view.  Photo by Lawrence Jason Arjoon.

The Carli Bay fishing vliage offers villagers a scenic view.

Photo by Lawrence Jason Arjoon.

Carli Bay is one of those locations which has served up some of the most dramatic and fiery skies.  Photo by Ziad Joseph

Carli Bay is one of those locations which has served up some of the most dramatic and fiery skies.

Photo by Ziad Joseph

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