Red Lobster Restaurants Play a Dangerous Shell Game on Nicaragua’s Coast
While a full moon illuminated the gently rocking waters off Nicaragua’s eastern shore, some 40 Miskito Indians in dugout canoes and small boats paddled out to meet a weather-worn lobster boat. It was an historic October night in 1990. Bernard Nietschmann, a leading expert on the Miskito culture, was on board, along with Nicaragua’s natural resources minister, Jaime Incer, and conservationists from the Carribean Conservation Corporation, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the World Wildlife Fund. As a result of the moonlit meeting, Nicaragua established the Miskito Cays Protected Area in 1991, encompassing more than 5,000 square miles of reefs, seagrass beds and coastal wetlands.