We are still wrestling with our Caribbean project in the Dominican Republic. The level of corruption is a real deterrent to making any significant investment in this developing country. It is a great pity because it is beautiful country with a lot of potential. The whole system rotten from the river to the point of dispatch at the airport. Threats and physical violence are the par for the course. How long this can be sustained I do not know. Nothing has come from Cuba, there are lots of Korean traders waiting in Haiti this year to collect the first glass eels. I think the production so far is similar to last year but competition is fierce. Very poor catches in the Dominican Republic
A national emergency has been declared as a large part of the Northern coast is flooded. It is a human tragedy that oblivious to the rest of world. The living conditions are poor and to have flooding as well makes existence very difficult. There has been incessant rain for the month. It is impossible to find anywhere to dry personal belongings. Very different last year when there was a drought and some rivers did not even reach the sea. Our facility in Sosua is just a few meters higher than the rest of the area and we have remained dry.
Price for A.rostrata is now between 3000 and 3500 USD per kilo.