Boat rubbish irks Nassau

Wednesday August 24, 2016 Written by Published in Environment

There are mounting concerns on the island of Nassau about the amount of rubbish being washed ashore from foreign fishing vessels.

 

Jackie Rongo of Rongohiva Watersports said on her Facebook page that a “concerned Cook Islander” has just arrived back on Rarotonga after three months in the remote northern island. 

During their time on Nassau the person witnessed nets washing up on the reef and large amounts of dead bycatch within them, Rongo said.

She added the person also complained of rubbish coming ashore from foreign fishing vessels.

“Most shocking was three barrels of waste oil that had to be removed from the reef by excavator operator Tuaine Tuatai.”

Rongo said there were reports of lights visible from fishing boats coming close to the island at night.

And she believed the boats were having an effect on local fishing.

“Daily fishing activities by locals brought in minimal numbers of fish and minimal sizes ... five wahoo caught in one day was considered a lot today, though in the past the catch was plentiful according to the elders.

“A fishing tournament that took place where the elders taught the younger boys to fish saw no more than 30 fish caught in total, with average weight of tuna at less than 10kg (the biggest one caught was approximately 25kg).”

Also on Facebook Drollet Puiri commented: “This is annoying that our lifestyle is sacrificed for the betterment of others and those that lead us do not listen to us as individuals and as a group.

“Those that look and turn their backs on what is happening are only chasing $$$$$.

“Create a forum that allows others with the same views to register their own views on this matter and start a movement to force an issue with those in power.”

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