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Student Update: Fishing

Research fun day: a highly anticipated day by all groups, everyone trying to out do the other. Our schedule was set, leave at 1:15 and stay out on the water until 7:15, fishing and trawling with a little snorkeling mixed in. With dinner and snack in abundance, bait and lures, and life jackets for all we set out into the Sound for a day of fishing and fun. The fist highlight of the day came when 5 minutes out of the dock an eagle ray jumped out of the water right in front of our boat. This set the tone for the next 6 hours- complete and utter awesomeness. Another hour of trolling with no luck was quickly forgotten when 2 pilot whales were sighted off the right side of the boat. The chase was on, but soon it wasn’t us being chased, both whales turned right at the boat and in moments were 10 feet away. Spirits high we set out and soon after the whale episode two Mahi hit the line simultaneously and Jeremy and Delphine landed them both. Cooler stocked we continued toward the evening sun at 7 knots, and feasted on sandwiches, GORP and cassava chips. More pilot whales appeared in front of us, and then a few behind us, and another to the left, and soon all around the boat was a school of 20 pilot whales feeding. The moment was short lived however because the sought after sound of the line being pulled whizzed by and a 4ft silky shark soon joined us on the boat, before we let it go. A patch of seaweed ripe for snorkeling appeared and a few of our team took the opportunity for a dip, only to get the opportunity to see a 5 ft Galapagos shark. Quickly back on the boat and a nice sunset ride home close what was a particularly memorable Island School evening.

-Ethan Pierce

Dakota, Ali and Ethan on the boat.
Dakota, Ali and Ethan on the boat.

Adventures in Human Ecology

By Heather Seeley

During this week’s exploration in Human Ecology class, we were able to experience the process that sustains the livelihoods of countless Bahamians: fishing. We were lucky enough to learn from Nehemiah, a Bahamian fisherman who grew up in a fishing family and claims that he could “be out on the water all day, just looking at the ocean floor.” The main theme that we discussed this week in class was the spectrum of environmental ideologies, which ranges from unrestrained instrumentalism – the most anthropocentric ideology – to transformative ideologies, which are the most ecocentric beliefs and practices. I struggled to connect this spectrum idea with the purpose of our fishing trip; that is until I heard Nehemiah’s personal concerns about the depletion of fish populations and economic depression of the fishing industry in Eleuthera. Continue reading