Living from the fish catch is becoming increasingly difficult for the inhabitants of the island states in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. Simon Bush wants to test a pioneering method so that island inhabitants can catch fish in a more sustainable manner.
Bush, a Sydney-born Australian, heard about rafts via his network. These rafts are made in the most simple manner from bamboo, under which the fish gather to form schools. “Anchored rafts of a maximum of 10 X 10 metres, that are close to the coast and available to small-scale fishers. We do not know the reason why the pelagic fish, which normally swim in the open ocean, form schools underneath the rafts.”
Bush wants to conduct a pilot test as soon as possible and test various models. “We are interested in the technique and biology of the fish. The really innovative part will be the design of new government policies and determine which actions must be undertaken. We will approach this challenge integrally. Our goal is to increase the income of the local fishers, protect the coral reefs, and contribute to food security in a sustainable and honourable manner.”
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