Concept: Kuarao Fishing


Every year on the Saturdays between mid-April and mid-July kuarao fishing took place in many areas of the Solomons, particularly in the Western Solomons. Rolls of thickly leaved vines were gathered and taken out like huge cartwheels to the fishing ground. Joined together into a rau, the vines were played out from a canoe to form a circle 450 metres in circumference, and then slowly pulled in toward a stone wall. Powdered derris leaf was sprinkled on the water to stun the enclosed fish, which might number over a thousand. (NS May 1961)

Published resources


  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate (ed.), British Solomon Islands Protectorate News Sheet (NS), 1955-1975. Details