Four small bancas tow the mother ship to the fishing grounds.
The mother ship is a 50 foot banca packed to the gunwales. She
has no engine and carries no ice - there isn't room. Aboard,
the crew of 15 fishermen prepare for the harvest: they make
ready the 300 metre long maroon net and its floats, the dozens
of bamboo fish baskets, and the dynamite.
At the chosen marker they check the wind and current before
deploying the net. A diver goes down and checks the galong
gong, the trap alignment, and directs last minute adjustments
to the net if necessary. Once he's safely up the first dynamite
charge goes down. This is a small stun charge, and may be all
Another check below, perhaps another dynamite charge, and the
net closes in - it's harvest time.
4 June 2008
Copyright © 1993 Allan Miller
originally published in Fragrant
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