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Stop Fish Bombing! Finally, there is a way to stop it | Dynamite Fishing


I was lucky enough I arrived in Sabah twenty years ago It was a fabulous experience, we saw marine turtles, we saw whale sharks there were fish of all different colors and stripes and shapes
and sizes. So there we were on day three and then all of a sudden there was this huge
sound. It turned out someone had dropped a bomb! So I came to Sabah twenty years ago I
started Scubazoo and since then we’ve been documenting the gradual degradation of
the reefs from destructive fishing techniques overfishing and fish bombing and it’s been absolutely terrible to see. Fish bombing has been a problem for us for a long time and we are not able to locate the fish bombing immediately and we
don’t have the exact location. The problem really occurs when you come to the next day and you have to try and get more fish. That patch that has been
bombed will never produce more fish. The coral reef is of utmost importance
to Sabah not only because it’s important to the sea but it’s important to the tourism industry. Last year the diving industry brought us 384 million Ringgit which is a big sum of money. and all that will be gone
if the coral reef is gone. Annually the Department of Fisheries detects about sixty to eighty cases of either fish bombing or fishermen caught in the possession of fish caught by explosives. Once we catch the suspect there’s the added problem of proving in court that they are guilty. This almost
daily experience of being bombed in the water got me thinking and my background is in physics – could we use detection systems based on physical principles to detect and locate where individual bomb events were going
off, was that going to be possible – and I thought it was. Two years ago the chairman of the board
of ShotSpotter told me he really wants to help solve the fish bombing problem so he sent me the two papers that George Woodman of Teng Hoi had written. Then we contacted him and described how our system works and it’s a marriage of his stuff and our stuff. I spent a lot of
years on NASA programs and I’ve been very excited to join ShotSpotter to fight
an important problem which is gun violence in America – twenty years,
hundreds of millions of dollars to take an idea and develop it into an
operational system that can track gunfire in real time to a level of
quality that can be used in evidence in a court of law. The system has been deployed in many
cities the criminals know it is there gunshot incidence has reduced and it’s
become an effective deterrent and a name to be feared. But also here they are interested in fighting fish bombing for purposes of saving our reefs. The new technology we see this as a potential – this could be the answer after many many years. Well we know the technology works for
detecting gunshots in San Francisco now comes the real test – will it work
underwater in Sabah? Got it again Bob – within ten seconds OK, yes I see incidents on all four of our fixed sensors. Here’s the sound arriving in four sensors that did the triangulation. The blast happened seconds ago and to my knowledge this is the first time that we calibrated the location of an underwater explosion with GPS. We have a real system
that works, it will be reliable. It locates the bombs really well and we can catch
them. I’m very impressed with the technology – obviously a bomb goes off and then four seconds later it’s up in the internet in front of a computer so we can make a decision straightaway where we will send our enforcement boats. I’m very impressed this is what we are hopeful we can implement one day. Fish bombing is a
worldwide problem and the groundbreaking trials we’ve just done here in Sabah are
absolutely vital but it’s not just about stopping fish bombing it’s about finding
sustainable alternatives. alternatives for the stakeholders – they’re just trying to feed their kids. Now that we have the equipment we need to take it to the next level and this is where funding is absolutely necessary and we hope that we are able
to get a fund so that eventually we will be able to solve the fish bombing problems not only in Sabah but in other parts of the world. This is our legacy to the next generations – keeping the coral reef healthy.

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Comments
  • Amazing!
    I saw the results of fish bombing when I was diving outside of the Gili islands in Indonesia. it was horrible! All the other parts of the reef was so healthy and had a lot of fish and marin life.

  • that's how you do bussiness, teach the world to bomb fish then come in with gadgets to sell and look like the hero,

    something like Afganastan

    fighting the russains
    they were called freedom fighters

    but when the usa invaded they were called terrorist

  • WHAT TOTAL BS! The bombs do NOT permanently destroy the place. In fact….the places where there were explosions happening all around during WWII are some of the best habitats for sea life today. For crying out loud….the atolls that were A-bombed are full of sea life. GIVE ME A BREAK WITH THIS STUFF ALREADY!

  • I drop firecrackers into a creek to grab a fish or 2 for lunch. I don't think that's gonna make fish extinct..

  • So, you can tell where all these men's "shot spots" are? Can you come up with a device to track which men are pissing in public pools, and shame them? Arseholes!!!!!!

  • waste of money, this method has proven not to work and innocent people have been targeted and blamed for fish bombing when it is later found they were not the criminals

  • I was just diving in Mantanani 3 days ago – And we heard the Bbooomm!! Its shocking! We notified the authorities and all they say was "We can't do much!". Yeah …. go on and ignore the bombs. Soon there will nothing be left in the ocean!!

  • My mom in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah just bought some bombed fish, she didn't know it was bombed fish bcz the place were full of flies. I guess the mix the fish with some other. That's why it leads me to this video.

  • “the patch that has been bombed will never produce fish” proceeds to show an empty sand spot… lol, this is so funny.

  • Why not pass a law making it illegal, and post Fish-Bomb Free zone signs all over ? That seems to work in American schools with drugs and guns.

  • Promote responsible fishing. Dynamite fishing destroys everything like corals and other marine animals. And also, cyanide fishing is destructive as well. This irresponsible people, doesn't know the consequences for doing this. And if they know, I think they don't care.! Thats very bad. The more they keep on doing this destructive fishing methods, the less and less fish they would caught, by destroying the fishe's breeding ground. Promote awareness against this harmful fishing methods. And provide advocacy to all marine biodiversity. Enforce Law against the violators.

  • Bomb fishing is total bullsh!t, but typical "take all you can as easily as you can" mentality. Destroy the reef, destroy your future. its really that simple.

  • I think, that is next false flag operation, by fishing corporations. This people are hungry, and they don't have other options.

  • We're are not welcome the people kill fish or animals has be protect by human. Jail 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 year!?!!!!!!!!!!????.?????????..?

  • Fish bombing is unacceptable in beautiful pacific like waters but if it’s like a nasty muddy river in Indiana. I find it ok as long as a dumb ass is not doing it.

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