Reply To: 5.4 – Traditional Inspired Fish Trap

Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation Caring for Sea Country 5.4 – Traditional Inspired Fish Trap Reply To: 5.4 – Traditional Inspired Fish Trap

Jean Aquinde

Hi Ziling,

Yes, you’re right about your hypothesis. This study with a similar concept mentions that Aboriginal stone-walled fish traps were designed to be most effective in enclosing water at mid-tide, which indicates that fishes are funnelled to that space and become trapped.

Check this specific resource uploaded on the Challenge website: Resources>Information Boards>Yirgganydji Sea Country (scroll to 5th slide), which describes how the Yirgganydji people engage in spearfishing. Woven baskets are likely used with the fish traps as they must be close enough to the shore to retrieve them.

I hope this helps clarify things for you.