Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 4:00pm
Online via Zoom
Join us on ZOOM on Wednesday, November 16 at 4 p.m. for a remarkable talk by journalist Esther Honig.
It was early spring, nearly 15 years ago, when Belén Delgado made the discovery of a lifetime. As a fisherman in rural Mexico, Belén had a hunch that a giant bank of Callo de Hacha, a rare and incredibly expensive shellfish, lay just off the shore of his small coastal town. Together with friends, he hired a diver to plunge 70 feet below the surface, and when he emerged, the diver confirmed Belén’s suspicion. “Wherever you step,” he said, “there’s callo.” The colony of Callo de Hacha covered 30 miles of ocean floor and was worth millions of dollars. This was the financial windfall the town desperately needed, but Belén wasn’t prepared for the chaos and greed that soon followed as his fellow fishermen succumbed to the “White Gold Fever.”
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