A professional fisherman and good friend shows how he took the best cuts of fish from hundreds of tons of Coral Trout during his career hand line fishing in The Swain Reefs, (Tropic of Capricorn zone, east coast of Australia).
55% of each fish was ‘recovered’ the balance became food for other fish – which is not a bad thing.
Coral trout are not wasted like this in Taiwan. For a start the fish is used in soup where everything can be eaten.
In Australia most fish was eaten the English way, fried in an egg batter and served with chip potato (French fries).
Today people worry about shark fining and the waste that is involved by illegal fishermen (outside of Taiwan).
If they realized all the other waste still occurring they would be better informed to make judgments.
The current trend for what seems like instant action via a few mouse clicks falls a long way short of any real progress. Click and forget?
Few visitors reach Great Detached Reef in the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve been there a few now times aboard a private dive boat, Freedom III, helping to make documentary films for television.
Ship’s dog was “Tuffy”.
A real post card showing the coral eating starfish Crown of Thorns
Unfortunately the weather is not always this good. Prevailing South East trade winds rarely stop blowing and the further north one travels in Australia the stronger the breeze becomes.
Tip for travelers. Listen to the evening weather forecast. If predicted wind strength for tomorrow exceeds 15 knots – stay onshore. Otherwise expect some spray. Perfect conditions are 5 to 10 knots.
In the above mock postcard, we had calm conditions, a blue sky and clear water. As for the coral – a year later it was destroyed by crown-of-thorns starfish. This was Ellison Reef off Mission Beach. The loss did not effect tourism. Good coral remains at the popular Beaver Cay location. Mission Beach is about one hour south from Cairns, by car.
It’s a rainforested region with low density tourism. Nice place.
1. Taiwan - amazing. (How Australia will look 100 years from now)?
2. ‘Fathom‘ “for a better understanding”
3. One fathom = six feet underwater. A measure of depth,
John Harding as a younger guy in Australia.
This blog is a collection of pictures and captions detailing what I’ve seen from an Australian’s perspective.
Taiwan’s English phone book, in the foyer of hotels, has excellent and well-written information for visitors that will be more up to date than many of my personal postings.