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Petition well received on Mauke

Monday April 13, 2015 Written by Published in Local
Andrew Hosking and Aumai Tangapiri were excited to see a Cook Islands-wide petition against purse seining. Andrew Hosking and Aumai Tangapiri were excited to see a Cook Islands-wide petition against purse seining.

The petition against purse seining is being distributed around the outer islands and arrived on Mauke last Thursday.

Island resident and anti-purse seining campaigner June Hosking says the petitions were met with an enthusiastic response from residents, who also signed an earlier petition against purse seining back in 2013.

She says a drop in the number of fish caught off the island has been noticeable in recent times. 

“Some visitors went out fishing most days while they were here for a week on holiday. 

“One day they went around the island twice and got nothing. They only caught five or six fish in all that time.

They come here regularly and say things have really changed. 

“It's odd to now find only one or two fish instead of schools of them. Then yesterday the guys caught one and half a tuna.

“Yes, this is a new problem for us here – sharks are taking a share of the catch. We wonder if they're also struggling to find fish and taking risks coming in closer to shore.

“Our local fishers say that it used to be they didn’t have to go far from shore to bring in 10 to 20 large fish in just a few hours. 

“In less than a decade fish numbers have dropped significantly here in Mauke.” 

1 comment

  • Comment Link Coconut Thursday, 23 April 2015 18:05 posted by Coconut

    There is no evidence to support this notion that purse seine fishing is the cause of lower catches in the southern islands. Extended periods of low catches have been experienced at this latitude in Tonga and French Polynesia as well, and is just as likely a factor of climate change and/or ENSO events affecting currents and water temperature, or it may be a result of increased fishing pressure across the region resulting in range contraction at the margins of the fishery.
    All this information is available from SPC, but hey, why let science get in the way of a good emotional argument?!

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