A picture I found reminded me of an old friend together with whom, years ago, we took many fishing trips to various locations around the country. Cepy Yanwar, one of the most famous hosts of the fishing program called Mancing Mania, by Trans7. I contacted him and asked if he still frequently fished using popping techniques? I planned to send him some Batanta lures again like I did so many years ago. He answered: ”not anymore because fishing spots for popping got harder to find and numerous popping sites have been ruined”.
This is the reality for many spots around the Archipelago, from Sumatra, Java, Nusa Tenggara Islands, to Papua. I feel like the situation is the same everywhere; it is increasingly difficult to find popping destinations. Over the past five years, shallow marine waters, with incredible potential, have continuingly degenerated to empty waters! I do not need to mention the names of these spots. The facts speak for themselves. I’m sure the sports anglers in this country quite understand by seeing the declined catch in various sport fishing grounds.
Diverse causes root in the shrinking potential of shallow seawater and sport fishing arenas. Approximately, the same goes for all the waters in this country. The main cause lies in the ongoing destructive fishing continuing from year to year. These destructive fishing methods, like the use of massive fish bombs, not only pollute the water but also devastate coral reefs. The use of fishing nets with no escape possibility trap new-borns and large fish likewise, resulting in overfishing and reduced fish populations. This so-called “bycatch” cannot be saved and gets dumped back to the sea.
The second cause roots in fishing activities that are actually legal, such as traditional fishing and sports fishing. Fishing practised with greed and absence of concern for sustainability unavoidably leads to overfishing. Large fish have become very difficult to catch. Both fishermen and sport anglers carry the effects. For fishermen it is not just a hobby but also a dependency, fishing supports their lives. The continuing “emptying of the sea” will not be able to keep supporting neither the necessity nor the hobby.
After a long absence from the hustle and bustle of the Indonesian sports fishing world, Batanta decided to make a comeback. The current conditions are not conducive, as the number of popping anglers dropped alongside with the sport fishing grounds. Therefore, Batanta decided not to just return to attend but came back with a purpose. In addition to bringing back the previously well-known handmade lures, Batanta comes back into the sports fishing world with an environmental mission.
Batanta will campaign for eco-friendly fishing activities and participate in disseminating the message about the worrying state of our waters. The Friends of Wild Water Indonesia also carry this message throughout the country, standing against illegal and destructive fishing. Batanta is not just a product; This lure carries a message and a mission. An enormous environmental mission, a better future for Indonesian waters! Salam Lestari! Sustainable greeting!(Michael Risdianto)