21 February, 2010

Let’s kill some endemic fish using Poison, will you?

I bump in to this tourism website promoting so call village life in Sri Lanka and I could not believe my eyes. These guys are fishing endemic fishes using poison and calling that having a wonderful day. (I don’t know where it is, I suspect somewhere closer to knuckles) Looks like they are doing those sorts of things regularly for their foreign traveling clients. There is a picture of a dead fish on the top of the page, looks like a stone sucker and we have 2 stone sucker species here in Sri Lanka and both are endemic. This one looks like a Garra ceylonensis Phillipsi (පිලිප්ගේ ගල් පඩියා).

I don’t care where those poisons come from, a bottle or from a tree or even from the grandmother’s kitchen. Poison are poison. Period. And it is illegal to fish with poison. It won’t only kill big fishes; before that it kills babies, eggs and every other living moving things around it. It is wrong. It is bad. It is terrible.

I know villages should have rights to survive using the habitat around them. But it should not be having a wonderful day to someone else. Even it may be a simple side dish for the villages, but it is destroying an endemic species forever.

I understand we should open our villages to tourists but not to these sorts of things. Feed our guests with Kiri Bath or hoppers even fried Thilapia is most wonderful, but not endemic fishes killed with poisons. This is a crime.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

it doesn't kill the fish, it just puts them to sleep for a while. So you catch the big ones and let the smaller ones be. once the flow of the stream is restored the fresh water brings them awake. No harm done!

February 22, 2010 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im a filipina and just want to say that using poison to kill fish is really a bad thing..

here in the philippines its against the law. if they caught u using poison in fishing then u probably will be given a charge in money or the worst will be going to jail..

for me it is really bad because youre killing nature.
it's called environmentalism.
so i think better stop that fish poisoning

February 22, 2010 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea your guess is correct sam, this looks like a stone sucker and all the endemic fresh water fish species of sri lanka has listed by the IUCN under the red list of threatened species. like wise all the fish species you found in knuckles are endemic to sri lanka. am not wasting time to make a list and show. and I would like to tell the person who has comment before me to put the same ingredients to his fish tank and just after thirty minutes put the fish to the fresh water and see if your fish will wakeup from their worst nightmare. Am telling as a member of the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society this method is strictly prohibited and bark of the mora (Morus nigra) is poison for fish. And first its kill all the eggs, fresh water strewed and every possible lives. Only amphibians can survive from this poison, as no soon you put this poison they will jump out from the water. MS222 is the only licensed anesthetic to use with a fish. Well that’s also only for pet fish industry not to intoxicate our endemic fish species and bring them to the camping side and eat. I think we must mind to do a sustainable tourism for conservation with out making money out of showing these kinds of things of ignorant villagers. This is just an eradicating of endemic species. Naleen Weerathunga, Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society

February 22, 2010 6:32 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

First Anon.
Fish don’t sleep. Have caught fish sleeping at night in your fish tank? You can drunk them up and kill them.

February 22, 2010 11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haka patas, dyna fishing, throwing garbage from speeding cars...are just a few more hobbies...

February 23, 2010 9:27 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

anon, really? so it is alright to do all that?

February 23, 2010 11:00 PM  
Blogger ABC said...

Hmm. I've done some research into this and this is what I understand. They use the bark of the Mora මොර tree (Euphoria longana) which bears the popular longan fruit.

Apparently the bark of the tree has opiate like chemicals with sedative/analgesic properties. It puts the fish to sleep.

You're incorrect in saying that fish cannot be put to sleep. Clove Oil is widely used to sedate fish prior to transportation or euthanisation.


February 24, 2010 5:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i read it all and all the comments too, seems now the problem every body have is whether fish can sleep or not. God knows I don’t know, if those fish are endemic as the blogger says. then what I have to say is plss leave them alone for the future world and nxt time pls dont forget take some frozen fish to your camping site too:)

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