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At Manono, it's a fishy Resurrection Sunday

No money no problem.

At Manono, residents say fishing and their plantations are enough to provide their daily sustenance.

On Easter Sunday, fish was predominantly the choice of meal for the majority of the island towards the west of Upolu.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Tovio Tovio, said the fish was caught on Saturday night and it was more than enough. 

“Two Porcupine fishes (known as blowfish) are enough for me, my children and my family," he said.

"We’re grateful to God for he has blessed us to be able to rely on these things for our very survival. It doesn't cost us any money. We just have to be good at catching them."

Throughout the year, Tovio said they never lack food.

“We never have to worry about what to eat," he said. "We don't have to worry about what to drink and if we have money or not. Our Easter this year, I have to say it’s as special as ever.”

Tovio added that residents of the island always share their food. Families offer other families fish and other food stuff as part of culture.

His relative, Paulo Muilipola, is one of the people they share with. Their Sunday spread was also fish.

With families sharing fish and selling them for money, Tovio believes it’s the power of prayers that keep Manono-uta happy and rich in food.

“Our livelihood is our natural income from God. I’ve learned about relying on them in such times like these since I was a kid and I am happy that turned out true.”

The father of three is the only worker.

For another family who live close to the Manono wharf, fish has always been their source of income.

Lesa Tominiko’s fridge outside of their house was filled with fish from their fishing trip on Saturday. They had a few giant trevelleys to show off.

“We hear a lot of concerns from families with regards to not earning money during this difficult time but I’m glad to say that our family is very much alive and well with the blessings of the sea from God,” he said.

Lesa urged families to turn to fishing and use the time of the lockdown to cultivate the land.

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