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Divers dismayed over capture, death of giant sun fish

 

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SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/17 October) — Some local and foreign divers expressed dismay over the capture of a giant ocean sun fish Tuesday in a barangay here, and said the fishermen who caught it should have set it free.

“They could have let it loose not applied hooks and brought it ashore,” diver Paul Dumlao from Surigao City said.

He said if he had known it right away he could have tried to rescue the giant fish and brought it back to deep water.

Ayesha Laurente, another local diver cried foul upon learning that fishermen in Barangay Ipil caught a rare fish.

“If it’s true that there are more sun fish out there, they should not get it because it’s a rare fish,” she said, adding she felt so bad seeing the hapless fish.

“This can be a tourist attraction especially for divers. I hope there are more around here and they don’t catch this rare fish,” she said.

Laurente said she went to Bali, Indonesia last year just to see this kind of fish. “We paid that much just to see this kind of fish in Bali, Indonesia. [but] because it’s rare we failed to see it there.”

Zati Orquina, another diver said he was so shocked when she learned that a sun fish had been caught.

She said fisher folks should be told not to catch it because only a few of its kind is left.

Gianni Grifoni, a Swiss national diver and marine biologist said he didn’t like what the fishermen did to the sun fish.

Ricardo Dionaldo, one of the 10 fishermen who caught the said fish said they did not intend to get the fish whose sheer size amazed them.

“We didn’t know what kind of fish that was,” he told MindaNews on Thursday, adding it looked weak when they saw it.

He said it accidentally got into their net.

Dionaldo said they were looking for a school of big eyed scad locally known as tamarong some 1000 meters from the shoreline of Ipil.

He said if the local authorities allowed them to eat it, it would have been like a feast. “Everybody wanted to get a piece of it.”

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources officials said the ocean sun fish which was caught on Tuesday was 2.165 meters long and 1.322 meters high and weighed 600-800 kilos. It was buried a few hours after it was brought ashore.

Ambrosio Burimbao, another fisherman said that three years ago some fishermen in Barangay Mabua, a neighboring village, caught a much bigger sun fish.

The said fish was brought to Surigao Public Market but no one bought it because it was not common to many. The fishermen brought it back and ate it.

In Dinagat Island province, a sun fish was also caught off Barangay Melgar in Dinagat town about two years ago, according to Danilo Bulabos, the provincial tourism officer. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)

Read morehttp://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2014/10/17/divers-dismayed-over-capture-death-of-giant-sun-fish/

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Criminal that they didn't eat it.

 

my reaction as well, d'bob.

 

delicacy in taiwan and japan evidently.

 

discussed somewhat in the initial article

 

:Bernadez, along with the other fishermen, said he wanted to get a piece of its flesh, but BFAR personnel told them not to eat it because it might harm them.

 

“It’s not advisable to eat this kind of fish because it has similarities with thebuteteor puffer fish,” Energito B. Balaba said.

 

But Wikipedia said “the flesh of the ocean sunfish is considered a delicacy in some regions, the largest markets being Taiwan and Japan.” All of its parts, from the fins to the internal organs, are reportedly used in cuisine, and some parts even used for traditional medicine.

 

BFAR officials dissected the fish and buried it along the beach.

 

Balaba said that when they dissected the fish, they di not see foreign objects like plastics inside the stomach.

 

The BFAR has not categorized the ocean sunfish as endangered."

Read morehttp://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2014/10/15/surigao-fishermen-catch-giant-ocean-sun-fish/

 

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thebob

It's just unusual, not endangered. The tree huggers should save their anger for a real cause.

 

It also annoys me about the protests about the Japanese catching Minke whales. They aren't endangered and never have been. Protecting them just diminishes food stock for endangered whales.

 

Stopping the Japanese research whaling has actually harmed the conservation of whales, and now we don't get any research on them either.

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lthendricks8

It's just unusual, not endangered. The tree huggers should save their anger for a real cause.

 

It also annoys me about the protests about the Japanese catching Minke whales. They aren't endangered and never have been. Protecting them just diminishes food stock for endangered whales.

 

Stopping the Japanese research whaling has actually harmed the conservation of whales, and now we don't get any research on them either.

 

Self-proclaimed tree hugger and nitpicker - the IUCN actually doesn't have enough data to assess whether or not it's endangered, and it's considered a data deficient fish.  Not an unusual case, given the enormity of the ocean.

 

That being said, agree that tree huggers have no shortage of bigger fish to fry (or not fry, as the case may be) here, and would be better served to focus their efforts elsewhere. 

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Swimming (scuba) with a mola is something I have always wanted to do. Unfortunately, they tend to stay out of the shallows where I dive and I tend to stay out of extremely deep water they frequent.

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big RB

What a waste.

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hilyfe

You let them eat it and more of them will try to catch them

So they made the right decision if you ask me

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DeRail

we see these a lot fishing off the coast here in Cali

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