Poor catch raises pollution concern

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

DIRECTOR of Deepblue Fishing Store in Brunei commented on the decreasing fish population in the country's fishing spots as a result of pollution.

In an interview with the director, who preferred to be known as "Ken" during the first "Rapala Lures Clinic" held at Riverview Hotel Poolside yesterday said that fishing in the country is viewed as more of a past time for enthusiasts rather than a sport. "It's quite worrying because it's quite visible that when people go out and fish, there is less to catch due to pollution," said Ken. He said there has been an increase in fishing enthusiasts in Brunei and that it would be a shame to see an outdoor hobby such as fishing be a disappointment for interested people if they find out that there is not much to catch in the country.

"One of the suspecting things to me is pollution like battery acid being thrown away in the Brunei rivers, when the water is already polluted at the upstream area then when people want to fish downstream, there is just no point," said the director. He said that nowadays people would have to travel deeper down the river just to fish and sometimes it could "pose a risk" for them because it would usually be away from civilisation. "One example for people to upset the fish cycle is through the ecosystem. If we tear down the mangrove trees, the fish are dependent on the roots because that is where they lay eggs to hide away from their predators," said Ken.

The director added that it is a postive thing that Brunei has started to be conscious in taking care of natural reserves or the imbalance in the ecosystem would just spoil Brunei's fishing hobby.

"Fishing is seen as a growing hobby in the country and we hope to continue this trend in the future," said the director.

The Brunei Times