ECUADOR: The Fish

Ecuador Fish: Dorado (In the U.S., this fish is called "Mahi Mahi")

Ecuador Fish: Dorado. In the U.S., this fish is often called “Mahi Mahi” In Florida, and Puerto Rico (both were early Spanish territories) Mahi Mahi are known as “Dorado”

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.

Early Morning Fishing Boats: Crucita, Ecuador, The Trucks pull the boats out of the surf!

Early Morning Fishing Boats: Crucita, Ecuador, The Trucks pull the boats out of the surf!

 Trucks That Haul Boats and Fish: Crucita, Ecuador

Trucks That Haul Boats and Fish: Crucita, Ecuador

Early Morning fishing Boats: Crucita, Ecuador - Trucks drag the fishing boats up off the beach with a tow line.

Early Morning fishing Boats: Crucita, Ecuador – Trucks drag the fishing boats up off the beach with a tow line.

Here are a few photos of the fish I have seen so far, up and down The Coast of Ecuador:

Fisherman and His Flounder: Agangue, Ecuador

Fisherman and His Flounder: Agangue, Ecuador

Sailfish: Crucita, Ecuador

Sailfish: Crucita, 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:

Tuna: Crucita, Ecuador

Tuna: Crucita, Ecuador

Sharks are often caught off the coast of Ecuador:

Shark: Crucita, Ecuador

Shark: Crucita, Ecuador

Hammerhead Shark:, Crucita, Ecuador

Hammerhead Shark:, Crucita, Ecuador

Fresh Catch Of The Day: Crucita, Ecuador

Fresh Catch Of The Day: Crucita, 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:”

Shark Fins: These Are Exported To China for Soup and Medicine

Shark Fins: These Are Exported To China for Soup and Medicine

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.

Machete, Crucita, Ecuador

Machete, Crucita, Ecuador

Sailfish Filet In Process: Crucita, Ecuador

Sailfish Filet In Process: Crucita, Ecuador

Proud Fisherman and His Catch: Crucita, Ecuador

Proud Fisherman and His Catch: Crucita, Ecuador

Related Links and Posts:

~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

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