“Bubu Apung” Catcher

Fakultas Perikanan dan Kelautan Universitas Airlangga

“Bubu Apung” Catcher


Bubu Apung is an alternative for catching pelagic fish which provides opportunities for large numbers of catches and certainly does not damage the aquatic ecosystem. The advantage is that it does not come into direct contact with the bottom of the water and does not damage corals, can be operated by 1 or 2 people and is easier to control. The reason is that in operation, the Floating Bubu is only hung under the raft at a certain depth. The construction side of Bubu Apung has 4 types of doors, namely the front door, rear door, left side, and right side. Uniquely, the ingredients are quite simple, namely iron, nets and coconut leaves.

Bubu apung as an alternative environmentally friendly fishing gear (Source:

There is also an influence on the success of catching with floating traps, including: Season, trap entry and behavior of pelagic fish (Gunarso, 1985). Some examples of fish caught are scad fish (Decapterus sp.), Indo-Pacific sergeant fish (Abudefduf vaigiensis), and selar fish (Selaroides sp.).

In the process, when a big fish attacks, the small fish enter the trap and the catch is found. This takes place within a maximum period of 3 days. According to Rompis (2019), within 72 hours the fish can recognize the trap environment which will come out by itself.

Design of floating trap (front/back) size 2×1 m (Source: Rompis, 2019)


Gunarso, W. 1985. Fish Behavior in Relation to Fishing Tools, Methods and Tactics. College dictation. Bogor Agricultural Institute. Accessed on 02/08/2021

Rompis, J., Paransa, I. J., & Pamikiran, R. D. C. 2019. The effect of the position of the entrance of floating traps on catches in shallow sea FADs. Journal of Capture Fisheries Science and Technology, 4(1) :1-5.


Author : Viradyah Lulut Santosa (Aquaculture, 2019)

Editor     :  Putri Arisandi (Aquaculture, 2019)