If you live in a fishing village in Ecuador, you see a lot of different fish come in off the boats each morning. The fishermen often fillet and wash the fish right on the beach. You can tell when it is an especially big catch when you see the flocks of frigate birds dive bombing the fishermen and their catch.
When a big catch comes in everyone springs into gear on the beach. Trucks appear and tow lines are attached to the boats coming out of the surf in order to tow them out and up on to the beach. Later in the morning, these same trucks will be loaded with the fresh catch of the day, tow the boats up off the beach and then take the fresh caught fish on ice to the fish processing plants or to the airports for export to Europe and Asia.
Here are a few photos of the fish I have seen so far, up and down The Coast of Ecuador:
A fisherman told me that he could not afford to eat any of the tuna he caught. He sold it for a great price to an exporter and his fish ended up on the tables of people in France and other places in Europe where the fishing has dropped off dramatically:
Sharks are often caught off the coast of Ecuador:
One fisherman told me that shark fins are sent to Asia to be made into Chinese Medicine that is a great remedy for arthritis and also for the delicacy, “Shark Fin Soup:”
Watching the fishermen filet the fish on the beach very soon after being caught was a new experience for me. Those machetes are really sharp and wielded with great certainty and strength by the fishermen who have been fishing for their entire lives.
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~Ancient and Vulnerable: 25 Percent of Sharks and Rays Risk Extinction: http://www.npr.org/2014/01/22/264579513/ancient-and-vulnerable-25-percent-of-sharks-and-rays-risk-extinction?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=DailyDigest&utm_campaign=20140122