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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

It's a mad, mad world: fishing


















Yesterday, Bridget and I went to the fishmonger to buy prawns. We are on an island surrounded by prime prawn-fishing seas. In the past, we have rung the fisherman to ask for prawns, and then fetched them in a big plastic bag. This time, they came in a box, packaged individually for travel, some of them quite keen to escape.

It's quite hard to buy prawns here. Those of you that are on holiday in Spain will be eating prawns fished in these waters. And this is how they get there, the boxes packed onto refrigerated lorries:


















We bought kippers for lunch.

4 comments:

Richard said...

Yeah we have a lot of stuff in our waters that we can't buy here... Our gurnard goes to Europe (or is used as lobster bait), our red mullet goes to Europe... and our prawns, our shrimps... it's a crying shame. I was watchin an old Rick Stein re-run the other day and he mentioned that there were 60 seafood restaurants in Dieppe - he didn't reckon there were 60 along the whole of our south coast. Why??

The little prawn boxes are very interesting!

Joanna said...

Plenty of lobster in these waters around the inner Hebrides - they'll take mackerel, so why can't we buy gurnard? And today at lunchtime we saw lobster and prawns being loaded from fishing boat onto a van - bet it's on its way to Spain by now ... SO depressing - how did it come to this?

SueCooksWild said...

When we lived in Corpus Chritsi, Texas, we bought fresh shrimp from the fishing boats on the docks. They were a real treat! Those prawns are huge! Enjoy them!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

It is ridiculous that the prawns you buy in the Supermarket are usually from Asia. I really didn't know that prawns, etc caught so close to home are then shipped off to Europe. Something needs to be done about this. Having said that I'll do my best to have more than my fair share in a few weeks time....