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Mitiaro turns out to fish

Friday 26 April 2019 | Published in Outer Islands


Mitiaro turns out to fish

The whole island was at the wharf in Mitiaro over two days during Easter to either compete or support the islands’ first official fishing competition.

Up to 13 small outrigger canoes took to the water and fished in an area of about 500 square metres some 200 metres off the reef.

Visible to onlookers at the wharf throughout the competition, each strike raised ripples of excitement as fishermen battled to bring in good sized yellow fin tuna using hand held lines.

Meanwhile, further out on three runabouts, fishermen brought in wahoo and yellow fin tuna.

Woman and children competed on Monday, fishing off the wharf and reef – prize giving was held later the same day and just about everyone won a prize.

Elderly supporters who came in wheelchairs and mobility scooters, mamas and papas and children were all acknowledged for their support and participation with gifts.

This truly community event was testament of one event bringing together an entire island, maintaining respect for the traditional raui areas and sustainable fishing practices.

Mitiaro Fishing Club president Makara Murare says the Easter competition will become an annual event.

Planning has now begun with the Avana Fishing Club President Tamoko Maru Ben to hold a competition in July focusing on catching wahoo.