The 2012 Great Loreto Yellowtail Tournament successfully completed its first year. This year all of the fish weighed in were used to feed the participants and their guests at the awards dinner and donated directly to the community.
There were approximately 20 kilos of fillets given away. The fresh fish was packed in bags containing approximately 5 pounds each and distributed. An extended family who relocated from the state of Puebla 6 years ago and who speaks the native language called Popoloca received all of the fish. The local tournament organizer was made aware of this family by a captain, so we went with him together to visit them.
Captain Jorge spoke to the brothers and then introduced us to them and their family. Jorge explained that we were giving away fish, then the local coordinador/photographer continued:
“We are Loretano fishermen and we recently held a tournament so that we can get attention for Loreto and more work. This fish is what was left over from our event and we wish to use it to help our fellow Loretanos like you. We are fishermen and this has been a difficult year for us, but when we have abundance then it is our duty to help our Loretano brothers and sisters stay fed so that we can live together peacefully in this small town. We will do this again and more often, you can count on us.”
The matriarch of the family whose name was Anastasia sung a song in Popoloca to “the angel who came from heaven with the life giving food from the sea”. Enjoy the pictures and know that this tradition will continue as there are many Loretanos just like them. Click on any image to see in slide-show.