Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lake Nicaragua's Underwater World

Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America and the 19th largest in the world. One of the most interesting natural areas of Lake Nicaragua is its underwater fauna. Over 40 different species of fish live in the lake, including 16 species of native mojarras which make up 58% of the biomass of the lake.

Some of the most traded fish for consumption are tilapia, tarpon, sabalete and sawfish. The gaspar is traditionally eaten as a traditional dish at Easter.  In the photo below, Alex, one of our chefs at Jicaro, is preparing a meal of guapote, another species found in the Lake which is highly coveted for its exquisite taste.

One of the many activities we offer at Jicaro is the opportunity to try out "artisanal fishing".  During your stay at Jicaro you will notice fishermen in their wooden boats using fishing lines or nets to catch fish. You can have this same opportunity by exploring the beautiful “isletas” in search of the perfect fish and learning from your captain about life on these little islands. If you catch a good fish like tilapia, snook or rainbow bass, you can bring it back home to the lodge and our Chef will be happy to prepare it for you.

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