Pulau Hantu - A celebration of marine life

Secret lives and secret worlds hidden in Singapore's most popular coral reef.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

East Coast Park fishermen

I had a chat with some fishermen who were fishing at the ECP jetty near the Fort Road end this evening. They haven't caught anything all night. "Sometimes we catch some and sometimes, like tonight, we get nothing at all." What do they expect to catch? "String ray, catfish, eel, sea bass..." What do they do with it? "If we can't eat it, we throw it away [into the sea] or if its dead we throw it there [into the garbage bin]" They'd just gotten there at about midnight and were waiting for the tide to rise at about 1am before they "start rolling" i.e. to go on full throttle and cast and reel their rods to hook up the creatures that move in with the tides.