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Traditional fishing techniques across the Cook Islands' different islands encompass methods like Matira or Takiri (using baited hook-and-line), Taverevere ku (utilizing 10-15 metre lines with 3-5 hooks towed by canoes) and Pokipoki (employing a V-shaped net for surge channel fishing).
Similar to many Pacific cultures, these methods relied on natural materials such as fibres, wood, bones and shells for crafting hooks and nets. However, modern materials like steel have become increasingly common in traditional fishing practices.
Cook Islands fish hooks gallery
See fish hooks from the Cook Islands in the collection below. Click on each image to view full screen and use the zoom functionality for more detail of each fish hook.