Fish Update Briefing Friday, January 20

DRONE USED TO CATCH FISH

A MAN has found an innovative new way to catch fish. Instead of using traditional fishing equipment, Paul Sirimarco was challenged by his fisherman friend Brian Maguire to pick up a large mouth bass with a drone. After testing its lifting power with two coke bottles, the pair went ahead and managed to score a catch at the Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert, California. Paul’s wife, Tina, who captured the action on camera, said: ‘Brian fishes out of the lake and Paul likes flying the drone around to get various aerial shots of the people golfing. Back in November Brian asked Paul if he thought the plan could work and the idea bloomed from there.’

PRESSURE MACHINE EXTENDS CRAB SHELF LIFE

A PROCESSOR in Western Australia is experimenting with the use of pressure to extend the shelf life of crabs. Abacus Fisheries’ Peter Jecks is processing blue swimmer crab meat through a high-pressure processing (HPP) machine that uses cold pasteurisation and intense pressure to kill bacteria and preserve food. The machine is in Manjimup and is currently being used by horticultural company Advance Packing and Marketing Services to process fruit. Jecks said successful trials could allow the fishery to significantly extend the life of cooked crab products from five days to beyond a month. ‘It’s an absolute game-changer. This is going to change the way blue swimmer crab is eaten in Australia,’ Jecks said.

SNOW DELAYS NEW TRAWLER DEPARTURE

HEAVY snow in Turkey delayed the departure of HB Grandi’s new fresh fish trawler the Engey, but she is now on her way to Iceland. Her skipper Friðleifur Einarsson described the Engey as a magnificent ship, adding that he planned to be back in Iceland two weeks after leaving Turkey. Manned by a crew of seven, the Engey is one of a number of new vessels being built in Turkey for HB Grandi.

PEARL OF A FIND IN SEAFOOD DISH

A man in south west China’s Sichuan Province was beaming when he discovered a pearl in his seafood platter on Saturday night. The customer, surnamed Zhou, said he bit down on something hard after downing a grilled oyster with family at a Chengdu seafood restaurant, reported Chengdu Business Daily. Zhou said he was amazed when he spit out an oblong pearl the size of a soy bean. ‘At least nothing happened to my teeth and I didn’t swallow it,’ Zhou said. The find was a first for the restaurant, according to the manager. ‘I see it as a good sign for Chinese New Year,’ said Zhou, adding he plans on mounting it on a ring.

 

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