The Fiji Museum - Virtual Museum

Fish drive

A series of photographs showing a communal fish drive. Coconut fronds were attached to a long rope, or to vines, to make a scare line which could be several hundred metres long. This was walked out into the ocean making a long loop around the shore, or around a stone-walled fish trap. The scare line was then slowly brought back into shore, driving the fish into an ever smaller space where they could be caught with spears, hand-nets or by stunning them with the duva root.

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