Saturday, January 20, 2007

State Of Our Seas

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.

7 comments:

suicidal imbiciel said...

good picture man.even if u find that sucker who had the pole keep it man or resell it to the man that would teach that sucker for fishing in protected areas.

cynicalparalize said...

how does a dog tooth tuna luk like?

f1x4n said...

Well, to my understanding, there are several protected locations but you are right... the concerned authorities should inform people and set-up monitoring facilities. Wait a second... how the heck do they protect a location without monitoring it?

moyameehaa said...

this is kewl...man! this is a new blog on a new topic in the maldivian blogosphere....and it means...more information...more citizen journalism...more views....and (i wonder when a fisherman will make a blog-thats the next thinkg i wud really love to see from the scene)..i really like this one...i've only seen the place once..(that is also a shallow area in kudabandos.haha) but any way ..i reallly like this...and ive heard enough fonikendun from this guy...and i've seen u guys going to that place (yeah every time u cross my house...grrrr).AND so, the bottom line is...I like it like it like it....keep up the good work!and make sure u do it in a way that you do break gaumuge aman amaan kamaa isthiglaal,and zamaanussure onna ebbaeh vanthakamaa ebbai vanthakan...and LO! and Behold! do not be among those who 'ekuveri kamuge killaa gai rendhualhuvaa ekillaa thalhaalaa'....just keep on blogging 'ikhlaas theri kamaaeku ibthilaahve hure'.... ;P

Fenfulhangi said...

funny thing..i think two weeks back i fished in at lions head...and the dhoni guys said its a regular spot..fuck the regulations..lets create a watch our oceans group..fuck authoritarian rule..

Laurinastan said...

Hi Zim, great post and what a great dive it was (though I didn't catch a fishing rod!) I like the idea one of the comments mentions about monitoring the site - setting up citizen's group to monitor the sites. Though how feasible that is - e.g. sitting on a dhoni all day....hmmm, still it's food for thought and thanks for increasing the thinking!

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