Fisher Folk who operate their trade from the Scarborough Port are wondering why the THA authorities have not provided the infrastructural facilities needed at the Scarborough Port which will help them to improve their service to the public. The fishermen who ply their trade from the Scarborough Port function without any toilet facilities, no cold storage, no electricity and no proper security.
When the Tobago News visited the fisher folk at the Port, where there was an open shed with only one water pipe and the fisher folk provided their own ice coolers for their catch.
Despite this suitation, the Scarborough fisher folk continue to do their duty by daily supplying the public with their loads of fresh fish.
Two of the stalwarts of the Scarborough fishing community are Arthur Stewart and Junior McKoul. Junior was a former employee of the THA Works Division who walked off his job and took to the sea to make a living. Having grown up at the Scarborough waterfront, Junior began his fishing exploits by diving with his fishing spear guns close to the shore and shooting mostly rock fishes. As time went on, he acquired a boat and was able to increase his catch.
He even began exporting to the lucrative United States market.
At present, Junior McKoul remains one of the main operators at the Scarborough Port despite the main lack of facilities or funding from the authorities in Tobago.
Arthur Stewart is a most remarkable man. He earned the reputation of being the physically strongest around Scarborough.
In his younger days as a sportsman he represented Tobago in both football and cricket.
During many of his cricket innings, he would hit the ball way out of the Shaw Park ground. He also had the ability to throw the football in one hand form the goal post to goal post.
After Arthur's father John Stewart experimented with building a mega fishing boat for many years, it was Arthur who realised his dad's dream by constructing a large fishing boat all by himself.
When the Tobago News asked Arthur what assistance he got to build this 'super boat', he humbly replied, "I am a proud man and I do not like to beg anyone for anything."
Today Arthur's boat is the 'Flag Ship' of the Scarborough fishing community, and although those in authority seem to have forgotten the daily sacrifices and risks of these great seafarers, Arthur Stewart had attained the legendary status among Tobagonians whom he and others like him continue to serve their daily diet of fresh protein rich fish.