Ancient fishing activities developed in Easter Island

Patricio M. Arana



Easter Island, Rapa Nui or Te pito o te henua, is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean halfway between South America and Oceania, constituting one of the most isolated places on the planet. It was colonized by Polynesians at the end of the first millennium of the Christian era, thus becoming one of the extremes of the Polynesian triangle. The island is of volcanic origin, has a small surface area (166 km2) and limited resources, and gave rise to a culture that is unique in the world, recognized internationally for its numerous megalithic constructions and large moai. Just as it was discovered and colonized by sea, the development and sustainability of the island is closely related to the ocean that surrounds it. The objective of this article is to describe the sailing and fishing techniques used by the Easter Islanders, or rapanuis, and their use of marine organisms prior to contact with Europeans, demonstrating their inventiveness and adaptation to the specific characteristics of this small territory.

Arana P. Ancient fishing activities developed in Easter Island. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res.. 2017;42(4): 673-689. Available from: doi:10.3856/vol42-issue4-fulltext-2 [Accessed 3 Mar. 2024].
Arana, P. (2017). Ancient fishing activities developed in Easter Island. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 42(4), 673-689. doi: