The approximate location of the net is below. We could not find the other end before the tide turned. We suspect the net is more than 200m long.
|Black line estimated length and position of the net|
drawing provided by Loh Kok Sheng
- 4 dead mangrove whiprays (juvenile?) retrieved, 2 live mangrove whiprays released - more were seen but not released
- 2 dead barramundi retrieved - at least one other barramundi was still alive, but not released
- 1 dead trumpeter perch (young) retrieved (the one carrying the parasitic isopod)
- 1 live spotted scat (not retrieved)
- 2 dead soles (not retrieved)
- 4 live flower crabs (3 were carrying eggs) released
- 1 live stone crab (not retrieved)
- 1 live noble volute (entangled while feeding on food item in net) released
- 4 uprooted carpet anemones disentangled and placed in pools away from the net
Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.
The net looked freshly laid and we hope the fisherman will come to remove it soon. We realise that if we don't remove all of the net and leave some behind, the fisherman will just abandon the net. This makes the problem even worse as the abandoned net will continue to kill as long as it is not removed. With the fast turning tide and the small team, we could not remove the net and left it there. We hope the fisherman will come and remove it soon.
This is not the first time we've seen nets on Chek Jawa recently. We saw abandoned nets in Apr 2013 and Jan 2013, some near signs of dugong feeding trails. We also saw a fisherman lay a very long driftnet inside the Chek Jawa lagoon in February 2013.
Chek Jawa area is off limits.