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In the search for crabs

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, December 06, 2012

CRAB lovers are at it again, lighting up the Hibiscus Highway at night with lights as they search for crabs along the Savusavu road.

This week, The Fiji Times team came across more than 100 people in small groups holding torches, kerosene lamps, buckets and sacks while walking through drains and bushes looking for crabs.

Villagers travelled from as far as Nasinu Village in Boto ni Toba, Cakaudrove and from Savusavu Town in search of the crabs.

Miriama Mouga, a Nasinu villager, said every year she joined the crowd to look for crabs along the highway.

"The crabs cross the road to go to the beach and that is when we catch them," she said.

"Every year I come with other women from the village at least three times a week to look for crabs. We wait for passing vehicles coming down to Savusavu and we ask the drivers for a ride down to the highway where we can collect the crabs."

Fellow villager Kelera Vosarogo said: "Every night, this area is full and some people stay here until morning.

"It's like shiftwork with some people coming in the evening and returning home at midnight and there are those who come in at midnight and go back in the early hours of the morning.

"Catching crabs along this highway is not a problem because there are just so many of them in the drains, on the road and along the beach.

"Even our young boys travel here some nights to catch crabs for their families. Most of us take the crabs home to eat and not to sell."





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