Monday, November 18, 2013

Need of Sumbawa sustainable fisheries management & marine park

WHAT A FOOL! Yup that was me & sadly there were hundreds of days of plunder. The below photo was a third of a 44 gallon drum of crayfish that 2 of us caught in less than 20 minutes! It was a house size rock covered in crayfish, just bristling with feelers like pine needles. Now we get cray fish by the few all because of a mis understanding to how fragile these populations are. New Zealand is lucky though & is blessed with a fairly good sustainable fishing system, sadly the rest of the world isn't and the plunder in some my project areas are getting closer to un fixable. I have been part of & seen some horrific changes to the Bay of Islands - it has changed so much in only 25 years. Positively the 'Kiwi fisherman mentality' in most cases is so different now thanks a lot to TV fishing shows that deliver more understanding and the bravado is more sensible. People are really starting to care so much more in recent times and social media is sprouting so many groups that are out there doing good stuff.
Sadly in poor countries like Indonesia they are desperately behind. Our new Sumbawa sustainable fisheries management & marine park project hopes to help thousands from a bleak future.
Very soon we will have places for people who care to come and stay for free, we will have a big project coordination & support facility so if volunteers want, we can empower people to do their very own environmental research or people helping small project. If you have time check out and come for a visit: and also
— with Graeme William Halse.

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