Fish Trap


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In Raluana, small fish traps are used for fishing on coral reefs. They are made using organic materials such as cane, cocoa branch twine, gaga leaves and some type of anchor (generally a small stick roughly 2.5 cm in diameter and about 15 cm long). Often times, these traps are baited using fruits like coconuts and papayas, and the anchor is buried or secured to the coral to keep it from moving in the current. The fish are lured into the traps and are stuck by the thorns of the cane stalks preventing them from escaping. When the fish attempts to get out, the anchor is dislodged and the trap floats to the surface. Modern fishing techniques requiring fishing rods and hooks have replaced daily use of these traps, but they are still used on some occasions.