Lobster Divers In Deep Trouble
That's the title of an IPS News article about lobster divers on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast. The article offers a specific example of what happens with unsafe conditions and goes on to talk about new legislation about to go into effect.
In 2005, a government study estimated that more than 1,250 Miskito Indians under 35 (all of the divers are young) had suffered debilitating effects of decompression illness, or "the bends", which is caused when a diver surfaces too quickly after diving at a depth, without making decompression stops on the way up.
The new law addresses this.
The law on protection and safety for divers, which was approved in February 2007 and will fully go into effect on Feb. 7, 2011, will ban free diving and scuba diving for lobster, allowing only fishing by traps and nets.
But, there are questions:
- Will the implementation be postponed?
- Will there be real enforcement?
- Will the result be increased unemployment, higher lobster prices or both?