Amazing Underwater Reef Fishing – Human Planet – BBC


Divers in the Philippines have a clever but dangerous fishing technique. Using a thousand metre long net line, the divers capture around 50% of a reef’s fish. The dive is fraught with dangers not least symptoms known as the bends.

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  1. And the fishermen, and the industry, moans and complains about not being able to make a living anymore, cause the catches are only a fraction of what they used to be. Well, guess what. ..

  2. I'm really astonished by the number of people saying "Hey what about industrial fishing which is the bigger problem?" or "What about Indonesia, who is even worse?" That may be true but do so many people really think just something is less destructive than something else, it is now ok? To me this is like saying individuals shouldn't worry about littering because factories are the big polluters. If you want to take it to an extreme it's like saying, if I kill someone it's no big deal because Hitler killed millions… And yes, I know they need to make a living, but I wonder what will they do when these rapidly disappearing fish are gone?

  3. Or they could become Padi instructors or guides and make much more money showing the reef to tourists, conserving it instead of destroying it. In Indonesia they figured that out with the Manta Rays and the government stepped in to help. Now they are cashing in on it happily. When I was in Philippines I was Underwater when dynamite fishing was happening. it's a sad fact that within these 3rd world countries, there is a lack of education which leads to this kind of inefficient and non sustainable fishing

  4. It's Risky For Their health because They are using Unfiltered Air from Compressor which Can Affect Their Joints In The Long run…more so, Decompression Sickness, Nitrogen Narcosis and Bends…

  5. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THIS "AMAZING" (as the title does). That sends the wrong message that this is a good, admirable, and impressive fishing method. Call it "ILLEGAL AND DANGEROUS REEF FISHING"!

  6. ang liliit p ng isda.f andutu k s lbang bansa makikita mo gaanu kyaman ang dagat nila cos evrythng is regulated….pagnaninisid kmi dtu aaki ng nahuhuli nman nd f nsa ilalim k walang sinabi ang oceanpark s dami ng malalaking isda…now mamingwit k man s atin maghapun maswerte n makakuha k ng 2 or 4 kg maghapun

  7. This is wrong in so many ways.,,,,,
    I’m a fisherman and that fishing method is prohibited pretty
    much everywhere in the world, as that net or web is too small!! and won’t let
    the infant fishes out while keeping the mature ones inn….. they are basically
    killing everything in their path and that kind of fishing is not sustainable

  8. Thank you very much for this documentary its an eye opener for me as Filipino to actively involve in the advocacy of information dissemination , to take care of our coral reef as well as for the safety of the divers Can We ask permission to use part of the documentary to use in our advocacy video? Do we need to send a formal letter to your office Thank you! From Children Of Light Catholic Community / Mylighstream Media

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