What Polynesia Trip Is Complete Without Fishing Stories?

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18 Responses

  1. Slavka says:

    Very interesting and enlightening reading for someone from Europe. Thanks for sharing the fishing stories. I don’t think I could catch a fish even if there were tons of them around :)

    • Teja says:

      You’d be surprised! It’s not really about how many fish there are (although obviously the fish have to be there to be caught!). I think it’s more about how ‘naive’ the fish are. Places under heavy fishing pressure tend to be harder to fish over time because the ones that survive to breed tend to be those with behaviours that avoid getting fished. But here, it was really easy!

  2. Laureen Lund says:

    This is my first time on your blog and I really enjoyed your story writing…beautifully presents your experience. I’m not a fisher-person, but I love to eat fish! But I’ve learned a lot about sustainable practices in the last few years. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Teja says:

      Hooray! Then that means I’ve successfully communicated marine ecology in a way that’s interesting and not boring! I’m glad you enjoyed the story.

  3. Alison says:

    Oh Teja you completely reeled me in! I did not expect to be interested much in a post about fishing, but the more I read the more I felt like I was there with you, and wished I really could have been. A wonderful experience, and great story-telling.

  4. Susanna says:

    Wow, such amazing tales from your time fishing – I was hanging on to every word. Growing up in Alaska, many people don’t have access to supermarkets – or supermarket food is very expensive and not so healthy. My family grew up subsistence fishing to fill our freezer with salmon. I remember my first time fishing, and this brought so many memories back. It’s wonderful to read about the balance they have with fishing in Rangiroa and sustainable fishing practices. Fishing and seafood are such a necessary food source for so many people, but some large-scale practices are worrying for the future. I loved reading about the difference between Saudari and Saudara and the way they talked about fishing. Saundari is an inspiration, and it’s so great her father taught her to fish! I wish them all the best, and thank you for sharing your and their captivating story!

    • Teja says:

      Indeed! I think that actually rural people around the world have so much in common with each other, it’s just that they are the least likely to be able to travel to find this out, at least compared to the urban people with more disposable income and more likely to be liberal enough to want to. In fact I pondered this irony in my next article, which you should totally check out!

      Re: large-scale fishing; indeed it’s often unsustainable, among other issues. But that is mainly because industrialised production demands volume (not unlike any other industrialised production), and is exacerbated by the relatively underdeveloped legal & enforcement frameworks on the high seas (which is not limited to fisheries but also applies to industries as wide apart as shipping and cruising).

  5. BELLA says:

    What a fascinating post and a great experience, really well told. Thank you for sharing!

    • Teja says:

      Thank you! They were a really fascinating place and people, and I really believe their stories deserve to be better known.

  6. Keri says:

    I love some good storytelling, so often missing these days. Some curious insights you picked up there, what an amazing experience it must have been

    • Teja says:

      :) Yes, it took me by surprise! I mean, whenever I go somewhere and plan to do it the slow travel way, of course I hope it happens. But French Polynesia surpassed my expectations.

  7. Thanks for sharing these wonderful stories, I’ve really enjoyed reading your post. And it looks beautiful there.

  8. Krista says:

    I love reading fun stories like this! You have a great mixture that you’ve put together which area really interesting to read about.

  9. Mayra says:

    Very interesting fishing adventures. The glossary is quite helpful. Thanks for sharing the post.

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