P.O. Box 29
Subject: Kingfisher Weekly Report week ending 2nd May 2004
Weather. The Kusi (southern wind) is well set in now
with strong winds most days and rough seas. Current running north. Full
moon (high tides) is on Tuesday 4th May. Not good fishing weather at
this time, but should calm down after high tides and full moon.
Fishing. Snark went out on Thursday. Very windy but seas not too bad.
They caught 1 giant Trevally a small shark and bonito. A marlin did
appear at one stage and grabbed a bonito they were bringing to the boat,
but it never got hooked. Salim did report seeing a lot of bait fish
up and down the Watamu banks, this is a very good sign. Eclare will
come out of the water early next week leaving only Snark in the water.
The local fishermen with Dhows and out board driven dinghies are still
catching kingfish, trevally and the odd black runner when the weather
permits. Today, Sunday, nobody will be going out as the wind is very
strong and the sea bad. But when they do go out and fish in the area
where a trawler is operating they get good fish, king of 20 kgs plus,
and big trevally.
Trawlers still operate, and this week 3 trawlers off loaded in Malindi.
This huge lorry came on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and took away
approx 120 tons of small, mostly juvenile fish to Mombasa. I went to
the fish market at midday on Saturday and saw a large chest freezer
full of so many different species of little fish from the trawlers,
all squeezed on top of each other their eyes imploring me to do something
about this foolish destruction. Ringnets have stopped for the time being
due to the weather. They can not operate in rough weather.
Malindi is quiet now; most people who are going away have already gone,
still plenty of bicycles though, and the 3 wheel taxis (chukchuk) are
breeding well here; must be 20 of them now.
P.O. Box 29