Restaurant owner Ray Roumanu of Ray’s Hut says there is a shortage of fish on Rarotonga at the moment. He stocked up on fish prior to winter and has only about 10 kilograms of mahi-mahi left. PHOTO: AL WILLIAMS/21071912
Fishing boats are coming back mostly empty, some of the people affected say it’s normal while others say it’s the worst it’s ever been.
never had (fish) supply this low before,” says Fresh Fish Company owner Timothy
the comments based on the 11 years of data the Rarotonga business has operated
company acts as a middle man between the local fishermen and buyers.
said some people think the shortage is due to tourism demand but the problem is
completely to do with supply.
moment a fisherman is only catching one or two days a week,” he said.
normal for the fishing to be quiet this time of year but Vaikai said it’s far quieter
Islands Fishing Association president Don Beer said the situation is “not
never seen this before,” Beer said.
have plenty of wahoo this time of year. We’re right in the wahoo season right
now and wahoo aren’t here.
visitors that are here, a lot are astonished there is no fish.”
the cause of the lack of fish is not known yet, but thinks global fishing and
climate change could have caused the issue.
Williams, the owner of Bite Time Café at the Punanga Nui Market, said the
situation has been “really bad”.
get fish once a week when Ocean Fresh opens on Fridays.
to get some fish over from Aitutaki in the past week but even in Aitutaki he
feels things are slowing down.
backup, Williams said he would try and sell other seafood meals like prawns or
maybe Hoki (fish).
restaurant owner Ray Roumanu of Ray’s Hut said: “No fish is common this time of
year because it’s the offseason.”
have hiked the prices and I can’t afford it,” Roumanu said.
the border was closed, Roumanu stocked up on fish but is now down to his last
10 kilograms of mahi-mahi.
Fishing Charters owner Wayne Stewart is not too concerned about the slow
fishing. He said this happens once or twice a year.
year is different,” Stewart said, “it doesn’t happen at the same time every
year but it does happen.”
people just need to grin and bear with the slow times.
Fish Company is selling tuna at $26 a kilogram while the other major retailer
had tuna selling for $35.
said he feels a “moral obligation” to keep the price as cheap as possible.
price, fish is still $5 to $10 cheaper than in New Zealand but the price difference
is normally a lot bigger, he said.
hate for someone to come to the Pacific and be able to buy fish cheaper in a
things stay this way, we will have to increase our price.”