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Elizabeth Nyman

Culture, Economics, and Maritime Disagreements: Barbados and the Flying Fish


The flying fish is a cultural icon of the Caribbean island of Barbados. Yet

the fish itself has been growing scarcer in Barbadian waters, instead

moving south into the waters of neighbouring state Trinidad and Tobago.

Continuing disagreement over the rights and ownership of these waters led

to an arbitration case in 2006 that settled the issue of a maritime boundary

between the pair, but not the fishery issues. This case serves as an

interesting examination of the importance of fishery resources for states,

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