Puerto Morelos is where it all started. At ﬁrst, the local ﬁshermen told David Johnson, Traditional Fisheries Founder, he was crazy because they would die if they touched a Lionﬁsh. Now they regularly bring Lionﬁsh home to feed their families. David thinks this might be his biggest accomplishment. During David’s last visit, the co-op members were excited to help him expand Traditional Fisheries sustainable seafood offerings with more ﬁsh caught off the Yucatán Peninsula.
In partnership with not-for-profit, Pescafronterra, Traditional Fisheries now sources Lionﬁsh from three ﬁshing cooperatives located on the Northwest Coast of the Dominican Republic in Buen Hombre, Manzanillo and Loma Atravesada. Two of these towns do not have electricity and rely solely on ﬁshing for income. The potential supply of Lionﬁsh from these co-ops makes it possible for Traditional Fisheries to cultivate new customers and work towards greater ﬁnancial stability.