Fishermen for Conservation

To make their traditional bubu (prawn/fish trap) fishermen would need the bark of trees, which meant having to go into the forest (and sometimes far in) to get the right type of bark.

Unfortunately to make the traps, the fishermen would unintentionally damage the tree and it is also an illegal activity since they source the tree bark from within protected areas.

To come up with a suitable alternative, HUTAN worked with experienced fishermen from the village of Sukau for a year experimenting using various types of materials to design an environmental friendlier version.  Much to their surprise what seemed to be the best solution was to use plastic wire mesh!

Yes, plastic!  It is also quick and easy to make the bubu using plastic which can be made within a few hours.  Using tree bark would take up to a week to make including spending a day or two in the jungle to source the right type of material and the trap only last for about six months.

The new bubu has been spreading to surrounding villagers thanks to HUTAN Environmental Awareness Projects (HEAP) efforts as they visit other villagers to show them this new “technology”.  HUTAN provides a small loan to cover the cost of the equipment while training is provided for free.

Learning to make the new bubuh in one morning. Photo by HUTAN/Harjinder Kler

Learning to make the new bubu in one morning. Photo by HUTAN/Harjinder Kler