Clam chowder anyone?

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  1. Bendor

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    I'm on holiday in Mauritius and I got to spend the morning watching the locals harvest clams during spring low tide. Not ayoba, but one man's tank centerpiece is another's lunch. Asks them how many they can take per day and they said "As many as in the ocean but about 100 a day if they're lucky!

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    Some of these clams are within 20 meters from the shore.

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    and we can only take 30 mussels a day, and must get a permit...
     
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    Nobody seemed to knowledgable regarding permits. They just said they are
    fisherman which I think translates into "it's there livelihood, no permits required". Didn't go into to much detail. The fisherman themselves looked a little skeptical when I asked to look at their catches so there must be some control. Can't really comment, just guessing.
     
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    If all fisherman were like these guys then there would still be plenty of fish and marine animals everywhere. I have no issue with these guys at all ... it's their livelihood. The stuff-up are the commercial fisherman that feed mainland chine, USA and Europe. They rape the seas (and between consumer and fisherman, probably waste half of the catch) ... driven by a lustful market of planet rapists !!

    (there that's off my chest now :cursing::cursing:)

    Other than that ... enjoy Mauritius dude and enjoy the culture that comes with these fisherman - it's awesome to experience other lifestyles and customs !!
     
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    Your right. I've had a quick manly tree hugging cry in the bushes and ordered a Phoenix beer to get over the shock.:peroni:
     
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    Bwahahaha .... well done !! :peroni::peroni: CHEERS !
     
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    Was this always your view on things or only since you started keeping fish?
     
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    I still don't have any fish ... ;) ... or a tank ;) ... so, yep ... always thought that. Oh, and yes I am guilty of contributing to the problem as I do buy fish from large supermarkets etc, which is where all this fish end up anyway ... I know ... not perfect ... judgmental ... etc ... but I still feel that way :(:(
     
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    What do they look like when they alive?

    Color of Mantle?
     
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    Most are brown, a few are a nice blue and I didn't see any green.

    Found another big "fresh" one this afternoon. Looked online and spoke to the hotel. All 9 species of giant clams are on appendix II of the CITES and are illegal to export without permits. Dop en al. So I can't take them with me. Apparently "shell collection" is so rampant here they import shells from the Phillipines to sell to people as if they are local protecting their own shells.

    So at least people won't legally kill them just for their shells. It's not easy to sneak a block of solid calcium through the X-ray scanner I would think.

    Good for Mauritius.
     
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