Traditional Fishing


Casting a net.

Traditionally, Torres Strait Islanders have taken a wide range of marine species for subsistence and cultural uses, and their consumption of seafood remains one of the highest in the world.

Among the species they take are tropical rock lobster, dugong, turtle, fish, shells, crabs and octopus.

Their methods include hand-lining, diving, spearing, reef-gleaning, cast-netting, gill-netting, trolling from dinghies, jigging and seining.