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Organised by the population of the island of Maupiti once every ten years, this traditionnal fishing technique is a collective effort where the entire population of the island (1200 persons) participates. Over 200 boats and rafts circle the island’s lagoon, each throwing in the water a stone held on a string, to hopefully push the fish inside a 3 kilometer long vegetal net which will be brought back on the beach.

This year, this “stone fishing” was the conclusion of a South Pacific UNESCO symposium on sustainable developement and the fish were released except for one caught by French Senator Richard Tuheiava, born in Maupiti.

Stone Fishing in Maupiti (by Pierre Lesage)

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