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Traditional tuna fishing in Tokelau

documentary heritage
  • Other Name

    Topic Review / South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme ; no.27. (Series)

  • Description

    "In July 1984 the South Pacific Commission (SPC) received a request from the Office for Tokelau Affairs for assistance on a project to document traditional fishing knowledge.

    After several discussions between the staff of the SPC and Tokelau officials it was decided that the assistance would consist of two components: first, a scientist from the Commission's Tuna and Billfish Assessment Programme would carry out an in-depth study of tuna fishing in Tokelau and secondly, the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme would attempt to attract funds to enable anthropologists to record a wide range of Tokelauan fishing practices.

    This document presents information gathered during the study of tuna fishing in Tokelau. Anticipating that the anthropological work will be carried out in the future, the project concentrated on biological and fishing technique aspects of the tuna fishery. As previous work in Micronesia (Johannes 1981, Gillett ms.) showed that traditional fishermen may be in possession of information of considerable interest to fisheries scientists, an attempt was made to determine if this was also the case in Tokelau."--Introduction.

  • Place
  • Other Id

    SH691.T8 GIL (Library of Congress Call Number)

    92112 (Cat ID)

    91915 (Presto content ID)

  • Department

Images and documents


  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    Traditional tuna fishing in Tokelau
  • Other Name

    Topic Review / South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme ; no.27. (Series)

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  • Contributor/Publisher
    South Pacific Commission
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  • Physical Description

    49 unnumbered pages : illustrations, maps, portraits (black and white) ; 30 cm

  • Language
  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
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  • Content
    Preface -- Introduction -- Methods -- The "Tautai" -- Taxonomy -- Canoes -- Pearl-shell lures -- Other gear -- Tuna fishing methods -- Handlining -- Noose-fishing -- Skipjack poling using pearl-shell lures -- Fakaofo tuna fishing at present -- Nukunonu and atafu -- Skipjack "Tai-ika" -- Mafua -- The "O" -- The "Kua pala te mafua" and "Tugaki o ika katoa" -- Skipjack spawning activity -- Fish movement -- The "Tamate" -- Billfish -- Conclusions -- Acknowledgments -- References.
  • Public Access Text

    [Keywords: Tuna fisheries--Tokelau; Tuna fishing--Tokelau; Traditional ecological knowledge--Islands of the Pacific]

    Original text: English--Title page verso. On cover: Produced in association with the South Pacific Commission Tuna and Billfish Assessment Programme. On cover: United Nations Environment Programme, Economic & Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, South Pacific Commission, South Pacific Bureau for Economic Co-operation. Includes bibliographical references (pages 47-49). List of tables: 1. Tautai involved in this study (Teata, Uili, Teao, Havini, Gau, Logotahi, Peleni, Mika, Toloa, Tu, Akeimo, Dr Iona, Paulino, Apolo, Teve, Taumanu) -- 2. Tunas and other pelagic fish caught by Tokelau tuna fishermen (atu, nakono tuikaufoe, kahikahi kakahi takuo, kahikahi kakahi lalavalu, kavalau, atutaoa, tavatava valu, atualo, paala, tuaniu, tiuvaka, mahimahi, kamai, mago, ono) -- 3. Tuna diet items and fish used for tuna fishing biat (o, tikava, uli, atule, haha, lotala, hipa, malolo, hahave, tuali, gufeke, nefu, lupo, nanue, humu, manini, pone, ihe, malau, anufe) -- 4. Information on the Fakaofo Canue Fleet, June 1985 (Manatua, Limoni, Tai, Fakaalofa, Apo, Matatia, Tui, Teata, Eketi, Lapana, Puka, Lapana, Teata, Tuielu, Tu, Hohene, Teao, Hohene, Faafoi, Filipo, Filipo, Itieli, Iulio, Manuele, Pue, Henitu, Lui, Vavega, Muti, Gau, Manumea, Aukuho, Timi, Ekueta, Timi, Gau, Fulo, Lapana, Vavega, Malo, Lapana, Peleti, Talaga) -- 5. Condition of the Fakaofo Canoe Fleet, June 1985 -- 6. Variation in pearl-shell lures (lau milo, pa hina, hiku uli, fulu fakalupe, lanu faka pugapuga, ulu faka kalo, ulu faka ula, tala humu, maga, ni ulu fenua, hook o te kau pukupuku, kau pukupuku, pa matua, kau loa, hoko o te kau loa, tafatafa, tafa kelekele, kau tifa) -- 7. Plants used in the manufacture of tuna fishing gear (kanava, gagie, fau, niu, ulu, laumea, puka, puapua, fala, pauhunu, kofe, fetau) -- 8. Methods used by Tokelau fishermen to capture tuna (alo atu, lulu, faka poapoa, fakatu, takiulu, toho, trolling) -- 9. The synodical lunar month -- 10. Birds found associated with surface shoals of tuna at Fakaofo (akiaki, lakia, gogo, tala gogo, tala, katafa-ua-leuleu, takupu, fuako, tovivi, manutagilua, tavake-ulu-gahu) -- 11. School types recognised by Tokelau "Tautai" (tahihina, takafakauli, fakapula, tahikpua, fakaliki, kaimafua, fakalelei, lagafakakatoa, lagatutuki, koga-ika, kata, lagafakaikavale) -- 12. Items believed to induce skipjack to bite -- 13. Techniques used to increase the number of fish landed -- 14. Items believed to repel skipjack during fishing ("maumau") -- 15. Pelagic fish catch and effort information, Fakaofo, May 21 -- 16. Skipjack "tai ika" at Fakaofo -- 17. Monthly tuna fishing conditions at fakafo. List of figures: 1. Iona, Teata, Uili and Teao the: the translator and principal informants ; Havini demonstrating technique of diving without goggles -- 2. Tokelau and nearby island groups -- 3. Tokelau pearl shell lure and "matatahi" hook -- 4. The cuts of a pearl shell -- 5. Fakaofo Atoll -- 6. The lulu packet ; Tokelau postage stamp depicting noose-fishing -- 7. The canoe and crew.

  • Collection Type
    General Collection
  • Last Update
    19 Dec 2023
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