Dynamite fishing is on the rise in the Central Province and police are clamping down on those involved.

The Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Central Province Superintendent David Soakai says there have been reports that outboard motors (OBM) were seen going around big and small Ngella reefs using dynamites as a fishing method.”

PPC Soakai says, “upon receiving the report, police at Tulagi respond to the reported location but the boat has already left. The OBM is suspected to be traveling from Honiara to Ngella at night and used dynamite on several occasions to fish.”

PPC Soakai encourages people with information to come forward and work together with the police to help put an end to such practices.

Dynamite fishing is a destructive fishing practice using explosives, often extracted from WWII UXO, to stun or kill schools of fish for easy collection.

This often illegal practice is extremely destructive to the surrounding ecosystem, as the explosion often destroys the underlying habitat (such as coral reefs) that supports the fish.

With RSIPF Media