Fish storm above a cargo wreck, photo by N
N (Off The Beaten Track) has taken some great fish photos. The one above shows a fish storm, but I thought it was a flock of birds at first. Below is a ghost net, a net that fishermen have abandoned but which continue to kill fish and ruin reefs. He goes into this further on his blog. You can see the photos on his Flickr.
I thought this comment was insightful:
When a person sits down to a fish curry or a portion of fish and chips, they rarely think of where that fish comes from. We rarely realize that when we consume fish, we are eating the last truly wild caught meat on the planet, our ancient role as hunters reprised in the role of modern day fishermen. (Off The Beaten Track)
As a note, I also read this interesting comment on cultural attitudes on fishing from another blog, Kelvin’s Maze.
People think it is a sin to be a part of the group who pulls the fishing net out of the sea because so many fish are killed. To get their mind off that feeling, they drink so much to the point that they do not remember who they are. The end result is spending five hundred rupees on arrack to earn two hundred rupees. This is a very delicate issue. A lot of people who could afford fish in the country eat them and I can’t see why they are not a part of the so called sin as well. They kill fish to feed your tummies and the society has made them think they are doing something wrong. This in turn has been the root for many problems among the fishing families. (Kelvin’s Maze)
But to return to photo’s here’s another one from N:
A limestone reef known as Degalmeda (Barracuda Reef in English) off Colombo. Fan corals and sweeper fish in the background
This is near Colombo. Crazy. I live here.