Fishing Program

The SAO Buton fishing program commenced in 1992 when we purchased a deep sea net, boats and equipment to commence the operation of a fishing business to assist in the development of Banabungi village on Kadatua Island near Baubau.

To see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web master
After purchasing the equipment in Surabaya it was transported to Buton for assembly

Zamurni was appointed manager of this program and directed the assembling of the net and procurement of long boats (boti) and larger support boats (induk). These craft are all made of local timer. The boti are powered by outboard motor and the induk by an inboard diesel.

To see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web master

The fishing enterprise began in earnest in 1993 when the crew had been properly trained in net fishing techniques and the manner of handling the two craft in order to capture the fish. From a situation where each family was fortunate to catch enough fish to eat, the fishing program was able to introduce a level of industry unheard of in Banabungi. Each night the catch amounted to several tons of fish which provided more than enough for the village and a considerable surplus for sale at Baubau.

To see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web master

The fishing cycle follows a lunar pattern, with the full mon and about a week each side being maintenance and preparation time. The reason for this is that the fishing technique depends on bright lanterns set with the light deflected down to attract the fish to the surface. Once the fish become visible, the net is drawn out by the long boat and circles the rising fish. The net is then drawn under the fish to enclose them. Finally the catch is hauled ashore and the fish despatched to market in the long boat.

To see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web master

Maintenance is carefully attended to. The net is also taken off the mother boat each month for sewing holes and patching. During this time the long boat doubles as a transporter between Baubau and the island, capable of carrying as much as 8 or 9 tonnes of goods and people at a time.

To see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web master

The boats are kept in good condition and when repairs are needed, the boats are beached and worked on.

To see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web masterTo see a larger image contact the web master

Today the business has grown to a fleet of five fully equipped units which operate in the seas around Buton, providing up to 90 percent of the market requirements of Baubau city and greater Buton. Fish are sold to local companies and to the Baubau city fish markets at Wameo.

In Lahindaro village we have commenced a smaller scale fishing program which utilises a long net set to catch tidal flow in Kanawa Bay, near the village.

To see a larger image contact the web master


Duncan Group International
PO Box 1155, Northam WA 6401, Australia
Phone +61 (0) 8 9574 0410 Email duncangroup@wn.com.au

SubmitFree: Submit to 25+ Search Engines for free !!!!

There have been visitors to this site
Viewed best with: