Bomb fishing jeopordizes Mentawai surf
Mentawai residents put out a plea for help with shocking video
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 January, 2013 : - - For more than month now, the Playgrounds area has had at least three boats every day bombing our reefs. When the weather is good, they can do over five cycles of bombing and collecting the dead fish in a day. Each cycle is between 5 - 8 bombs. Just doing a low average we calculate over 2250 bombs have been exploded in our 15 mile radius area. You can see what this looks like from footage shot this morning.
We couldn't go swimming in the ocean on our lunch break today because there are bombs going off 200 meters from our resort. I'm not exaggerating. Those of you who have been here, the footage on the link was from the north side of the sand island, directly in front of the resort. This is one of our favorite snorkeling spots in the past. Watching the video, I'm sure it has been obliterated now.
The goal is to help Indonesians feel strongly about protecting their waters from bomb boats, and nudge them into action. So any of your Indonesian friends with connections, websites or blogs, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE forward it onto them with the instructions to do the same again. I want to see 1,000,000 viewed and 500,000 comments by tomorrow morning please.
As you'll have noticed, I have scorched the personal introspective stuff on the video so that I'm not recognizable. I'm sure I don't need to tell you why this is. Both me and the resort name should be erased from any record online, as these are nasty people, and who knows what they are capable of. Pirates in every sense of the word.
If there is one positive difference YOU are going to make online today, please spend an hour of your life and get this to as many people who you think will make a difference. We've tried everything else, and the bomb boats are still here. I think in the age of social media, we can do better.
Time is against us. Another 28 bombs have gone off that I have heard whilst sitting here writing to you and waiting for the upload to finish.
Author: The Editors
Tags: Mentawai Islands, Dynamite Fishing, Bombs,