Indonesia has a variety of unique traditions in each region. One area in Indonesia that has a unique tradition is the island of Biak, which is located in the province of Papua. In Biak, there are several unique traditions, one of which is the Snap Mor tradition. Snap mor is a tradition of spreading nets or fishing in Biak, Papua. Snap mor activities can be carried out during low tide, which is marked by east wind and dominant rainfall, and can be done in shallow areas.

Snap mor comes from the Biak language, namely Snap and mor. Snap is coral or small rock that lies at the mouth of rivers, streams and canals, while the word mor means sea piles or fish as grains of fortune. In general, the Biak people call Snap mor as an activity to catch fish together at low tide using nets or spears or kalawai, carried out in their own village area and usually also inviting other villages.
The best time for Snap mor is usually in the meti season (dead moon) when the moon is not full, or the tide is longer, day to night, or so-called non-tide water, usually between March to August, but in other months too can be done but usually the new water will recede at night, so Snap mor can only be done at night.

The traditional ritual is carried out by parents who are considered leaders in the village, starting with burning coconut leaves and installing a gas lamp as a light at the location of the activity. The community then gathered to form a circle and the leader of the Snap mor activity prayed for the smooth and safety of the Snap mor activity. After the customary ritual is over, the community will go fishing with joy, this activity can be done by all ages, both men and women.

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