Turtle hunters

Yesterday we took the kayak to a beach, found a camp fisherman had recently left (Yagasa is uninhabited, but people from neighbouring islands come here) and followed a horrible stench to the carcass of a turtle. We collected a bag of plastic rubbish around the camp site and burned it on one of the many fire sites the raiders had left.
It’s really sad to see how ruthlessly the islanders exploit Yagasa. We had high hopes finding lots of wildlife on an uninhabited island group, but we see just a few birds, hardly any fish and the reefs are mainly dead. Everything is overgrown with algae…
This lifeless desert may have some natural reason, but it seems more likely that overfishing (maybe with poison or even dynamite–both still used around here we heard) are to be blamed.

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