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Aboriginal Fishing

“….all of this was subsidiary to hunting and fishing in the Barrier Reef lagoon. They paddled as far as 25 miles out to sea in small outrigger canoes to harpoon the clan’s most prized foodstuffs: huge shy dugong, four species of turtle, some fourteen species of ray, as well as a variety of large meaty fish like rock cod and groper. Such activities were viewed as the most dangerous, skilful and desirable of all male pursuits. Thanks to being a pama watayichi, or dugong man, Anco became ‘quite a personage in his tribe’.  He owned his own boat, was a famed manufacturer of ropes, harpoons, spears and spear throwers,  and probably worked as a skilled shipbuilder.”  - The Reef