The main occupation of the locals is fishing. Four types of fishing are done, ‘Long Line, Bottom Fishing, Fish Pots and Dive Fishing. Petite Martinique’s fishing history goes back many many year’s but it was not until 1930s to 1950s that the fishing industry took a different road (literally). “Petite Martinique’s Fishermen would travel as far as BG (Then British Guiana) spending months or even years away from home catching fish on the banks in Guyana’s water. Some had never returned back home.” (A quote from Dwight Logan’s book ‘The Socio – Cultural History of Petite Martinique a fishing island Community’)
The early settlement of the French brought the Roman Catholic Religion which still dominates up to this day. “The recorded date of the building of the first Roman Catholic Church on the island of Petite Martinique is unknown. However, it was a wooden building situated at the site opposite the Post Office. The present church was built in the 1940s” (A quote from Dwight Logan’s book ‘The Socio – Cultural History of Petite Martinique a fishing island Community’).
The Roman Catholic Church played a very important role in the development of the community. The Church elected a group of responsible people forming what was known as the Parish Council to manage and carry out the affairs of the church. They helped and assisted the poor as much as they could. The head of the council has always been the Parish Priest