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PULAU BANYAK > FISHING


Click to enlargeFishing is great in Pulau Banyak. There are lots of fish and a vast area where to fish. The local fishermen has formed two community groups, one on Pulau Balai and one in Haloban in order to make it easy for you. One recommended alternative is to go with a local fishermen in a traditional canoe. It is exactly the way most local fishermen work every day. Note that the fishermen in Balai/Baguk work in a different manner than the Haloban/Asantola fishermen. Try them both if you like fishing. Other kinds of fishing excursions can also be arranged.

If your hobby is fishing, bring your own fishing gear. In Pulau Banyak there is only traditional gear. You can buy good equipment in Medan or Banda Aceh. Only one person can come along in each canoe. A child can come along with a parent. Life vests are available for free. You can keep all the fish that you catch.

Usually local tourist from Medan, who is love to fishing, they come to Balai in a group. They bring their own equipment and rent/charter a boat then the fisherman will bring to many fishing spot. Even they have a special boat that usually use by fishing community. Once, there was a television program which made a shoot in Pulau Banyak.

In Balai/Baguk: The community group "Nelayan Bahari" offers either morning or afternoon fishing trip: morning from 05.00 to 10.00, or afternoon from 15.00 to 20.00. They charge Rp. 200.000 per person and trip, one passenger per canoe. Contact on phone +6281362554935 (Kabok), or ask in your Losmen.

Click to enlargeIn Haloban: The community group "Pasir Putih" in Haloban offers full day fishing trips from 08.00 to 16.00. They charge Rp. 250.000 per day and guest, one passenger per canoe. The price also includes morning snack, lunch and a bottle of water. Traditional fishing gear and bait is available also if you don’t bring your own. Contact the fishermen’s group Pasir Putih on phone: +6285277711108 Mr.Anhar in Haloban, or ask in the accommodation.

If you want to fish in your own way, a boat and boat driver can be arranged. Canoe, big boat or speed boat. Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, a hat and sun lotion.

Click to enlargeSo, what are you waiting for? Go get your own fish to BBQ. Nothing tastes better than that.

The fishermen of Balai and Teluk Nibung have developed a Fish Aggregation Device (FAD). Out at open sea, at a depth of around 200-250 meters a long line is at one end secured to the bottom of the sea and in the other end at big buoy. At approximately 50 meters depth a big bunch palm leaves are attached to the line. These leaves attract plankton, small fish and bigger fish. The fishermen catch fish by pulling a line behind the canoe. Yayasan Pulau Banyak has helped the fishermen with a part of the investment. Due to its efficiency more and more FADs are coming into use. The positive effects are that the fishermen move their activity away from the reefs to the open sea. Fish species in the open sea reproduce much faster then reef fish. The use of poison has decreased considerably and the fishermen have become more concerned about the environment. A part of the fishing trip fees are used to the cooperative to develop more environmentally friendly fishing methods.

More info Rega (+6282161997974 0r +6281290990804, e: regavia@yahoo.com

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