First Day of Shark Hunt in Reunion IslandHelmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine, 28. September 2011
The first day of the shark hunt in Reunion has not been convincing. The fishermen were not able to land even one shark, but there are still two days of fishing to come.
Two sportfishing charter boats have been authorised by the local government to kill ten bull and tiger sharks (more info). I assume they try to catch the sharks only with sportfishing gear ( = rod and reel ).
The vessel ‘Are Nui’, skippered by Marc Lagadec, hooked two sharks at about 3 pm and 4 pm near the spot where Mathieu Schiller was fatally attacked last week. But the fishing line broke and the sharks got away.
The prefect Michel Lalande has invited members of the local press to witness the fishing operation (see video below).
Both boats, the Magnum and the Are Nui, will continue to make round trips between the port of Saint-Gilles and Cape La Houssaye.
In the meanwhile, the red flags are hoisted at the beaches in Saint-Gilles. Swimming and boating is not allowed until Friday.
Source: La 1ere – Reunion. Video Credit: zinfos974