The Fiji Museum - Virtual Museum

Fishing

Rubble-walled fish fences were used extensively on tidal and estuary flats, together with a whole range of wicker-work barrel and basket fish traps. Unbaited trumpet-shaped funnel traps were set facing upstream in rubble weirs built across river rapids, fish being driven into them from upstream. Coconut or hibiscus fibre nets up to several hundred metres long were used to catch turtles, while a wide range of smaller hand nets were used by women in their daily foraging for prawns, shellfish and small fish. Spearing and shooting with arrows was reserved for males, while naturally occurring plant poisons were used to stun fish during communal fish drives.