ABSTRACT

On Caye Caulker, fishing is the mode of production that most affects the political economy and development of the community. Fishing is both individualistic (at the level of production) and collaborative (at the level of marketing). Thus it fosters and is supported by individual entrepreneurship and a network of social ties. The nature of fishing on Caye Caulker, the forms it takes, and the social relationships developed around it, provide the underpinnings of its most successful feature: the formation of the fishermen's Co-operative that emerges from the struggle with foreign monopolies.