Friday, January 22, 2010

Turtle hunting in Papua New Guinea

Turtle hunting is prevalent in Papua New Guinea, whatever marine conservationists may say.
People need turtle meat for food, and at this time of the year, school fees for their children, so they take to the seas to hunt for this marine delicacy.
Port Moresby resident, David Nalu, took this picture of turtle hunting at Abau, Central province, by Mailu fishermen.
"So much for marine conservationist - these guys need to put food on the table," he said.
"I took this shot at Kapari/Viriolo Market at Cape Rodney on Tuesday this week.
"One of the turtles was tagged by a Hawaian marine biologis.
"Turtle hunting took place to cover school fees."


  1. Anonymous3:51 PM

    It's hard to prevent people from hunting endangered species like turtles but as David Nalu quoted, "these guys need to put food on the table"..This is where the concept of sustainable harvesting / hunting comes in. As long as people do not over-harvest animals that are already in low numbers. In doing so we can ensure that there are still a viable number left to replenish their population.


    Conservation Biologist

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