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Fishy Business

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

Hi there, nice to meet you all! My name’s Jimmy McDonald, and I work as a fisherman on a big trawler in the North Sea. Thought you might like a peep into the life of a fisherman …

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

fish in netFirst I’ll tell you about my boat. No tiny fishing boat this, but a huge boat weighing over 100 tons, with a crew of ten men. There are over four million commercial fishing vessels, from simple sailing boats to the commercial trawlers like ours. Ours is a freezer trawler, which means it has a huge freezer space where we put all the fish we catch. Wet-fish trawlers store the fish “wet,” or fresh, which means they have to get back to shore the same day so the fish can be sold fresh. The biggest trawlers, factory trawlers, are entire factories on water, where the fish are sorted, processed, packaged, and frozen, all on the ship.

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