Trawling in Venezuela. Was it wrong to ban it?

Fernando Arenas

The headline of my last trip to Venezuela happened around fish and fishing. Fish is a basic part of a number of typical Venezuelan food recipes, so naturally I craved for it when I arrived. I went to a very traditional restaurant specialized in seafood in an affluent area of Caracas, when I asked for fried snapper and then grilled tuna and got a no for an answer because both plates were not available, I was kind of shocked, yet thought it was something of the tumultuous moments that Venezuela lives, maybe a matter of supply and demand. Nonetheless, I visited other restaurants just to find out that they were also out the fish dishes on the menu, or that fish was crazy expensive when compared to chicken and meat.  As the trip continued I adventured to food markets in both mid class and popular areas just to find…

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