Walt Smith Fiji has recently uploaded a series of short videos showing some expert divers cautiously and effectively wrangling up fish along the reefs using on a net. Not only is the skill involved with capturing these fish with a net impressive but considering the plethora of coral all around the divers, they show serious control not to damage the surrounding reef. Coming on the heels of the news regarding the return of PNG fish to the trade with humane, sustainable collection practices, it is nice to see more evidence and accountability in the fish collection market. Click through for the videos.
We have extensively covered sustainable collection and husbandry topics here over the years and it is good to see some transparency with wild fish collection. While there has been efforts to create awareness and even certification, politics and lack of oversight have been detrimental but this doesn’t mean the individual collectors should get a pass on being accountable. The digital age allows for documentation of the process to help educated and inform the public. In our opinion, we need more of this self-reporting on a more frequent basis.
Below are a few of the videos. Make sure to check out Walt Smith Fiji’s YouTube channel for the rest (10 short videos total).