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Bringing the Fish Home: Fishing Techniques


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When it comes to fish most of us only think of eating them while for others the thought of how to cook them also comes in to mind. But in reality a huge process of catching fish must ensue long before the fish ever reach our plates. While fishing has evolved from the most basic and crudest methods including by hands and with hunting sticks, the process has largely become streamlined. So just what exactly are the methods being used today?

Diving is a popular method used to capture lobster, sponges, abalone, seaweed and reef dwelling fish. Benefits of diving is the fact that it is one of the least damaging fishing methods currently in use and also allows a more selective catch. Diving is also used in deeper waters with the aid of special breathing masks allow divers to go even further in to the depths of the sea.

The Beam trawl is one of the most common methods used and involves dragging nets along the seabed. These nets are attached to skids while various modifications are made to make the entire process more effective such as the use of ticklers.

The drift net is another common method that is actually a mobile fish catching technique. These are nets that are set in the water and allowed to freely drift catching all fish that happen to cross its path.

A popular alternative to capturing fish in the open seas is that of growing them in a controlled environment. It is estimated that 1 in 5 of fish that are destined for the dinner table are actually grown in artificial environments. The most prominent benefit of this method is the fact that it relives pressure from natural populations growing in the wild.

While these are just a few of the methods that are used to catch fish there are actually a host of other methods that are commonly utilized by fisherman. These include seine netting, purse seining, pots, the traditional pole and line, pelagic trawl and various others.

Regardless of the way they are caught it is important that you always purchase fresh fish to ensure that the final dish tastes as good as possible. For those wanting fresh fish on a large scale various wholesale seafood options can be found that offer the benefit of having fresh seafood delivered to the location of your choosing.


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