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Dynamite fishing in Asia [video]

By Shane Graber - Posted May 16, 2013 11:00 AM
Why do poor fishermen in Asia use dynamite fishing practices even while they know it is unsustainable? This video tries to lend some insight into why fishermen would choose this practice over less damaging methods.

In this video, presented by the Sustainable Aquarium Industry Association, we get an in-depth look at why and how fishermen practice dynamite fishing in the Philippines.  We see first-hand how fishermen take empty brandy bottles, fill them with a mix of sand and fertilizer, and then seal it with pieces of old rubber flip-flops and a "firecracker" with a shortened fuse. These firecrackers are not what we typically call a firecracker in the States as they are larger and appear to be either as big or larger than M80's.

Later in the documentary, we see how they are employed and also talk to a fisherman that was a bit too reckless with his bomb and injured three fingers on his hand when one went off too early.

The docuentary was produced by NDR Media GmbH for german TV from 02/17/2013.

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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