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Figure 11: Example of fish trap. The trap opening tapers into the inside of the trap, luring fish in but making escape difficult. Fish traps are tied to a line that is buoyed by discarded empty plastic jugs and bottles. Preferred soak time for traps is 3 days (FoProBiM 2009), but some are left in up to 15 days or more. Occasionally traps are lost if the floats disengage from the line, depriving fishers of both the catch and the cost of the trap, and creating a semi-permanent hazard for fish. Fish that are gutted, dried and salted do not acquire a premium price like fresh fish (FoProBiM 2009). Interviews With Fishermen Â

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The fishermen confirmed the presence of rats, cats, dogs, and goats on Navassa Island. All stated that they have never seen a rat in their boat. The fishermen described a large number of cats on the island, and several dogs. They stated that more dogs currently exist on the island than before, and some may be large and vicious now. While fishermen may go ashore during the day, fishermen do not sleep on the island and cite the dogs as one reason. They confirmed the presence of goats on the island- goats are sighted but cannot be approached or successfully hunted by fishermen due to their skittish nature. The fishermen state that they do not carry mammals on board with them, and do not know how any of the invasive animals got onto the island. One boat was quick to blame fishermen from

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Global Reef Expedition Final Report: Navassa  

In March 2012, the Global Reef Expedition set out to survey the health and resiliency of coral reefs surrounding Navassa Island, a small uni...

Global Reef Expedition Final Report: Navassa  

In March 2012, the Global Reef Expedition set out to survey the health and resiliency of coral reefs surrounding Navassa Island, a small uni...

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