Today we had our usual Saturday dive trip. Our second dive was to Lions Head. Visibility was excellent and a nice current was flowing into Vaadhoo Channel. Trevallies and dog tooth tunas were in full action chasing a school of fusiliers as we drifted past the Lions Head of the Lions Head (rock formation in the reef which resembles the head of a Lion to some people). After we drifted about 30 metres past that point my buddy and I saw a big game fishing pole with a reel settled on the reef slope. Fishing line from it was all over the place. So we disentangled the line from the reef and took the pole.
Lions Head is a protected marine area and one of the most closest to Male’. Do people really know that protected marine areas exist? Does the concerned government office inform the public about the laws regarding those places? No! At least to a certain extent. How many times have we seen people fishing at Emboodhoo Kandu or Banana Reef? We need to work to make people more aware of the importance of these places. It’s not only the resorts and the divers responsibility to take care of the sites. Government needs to open its eyes to what’s going on and in our seas and take the necessary measures. Some sort of monitoring system should be introduced to preserve these locations.
And as for the owner of the fishing pole, we know its very expensive and all. You’re not getting it back. However if you manage to convince us with a story like “actually I lost it near Villingili and it drifted all the way to Thila Faru” we might consider returning it.