Low carbon garfish

My son caught umpteen garfish recently.

I calculated his effort was most energy efficient in all aspects. Here is the analysis of the exercise to catch copious garfish by dragnetting.

My dinghy (Dinghy McDingyface) is over 50-years-old and made of fibreglass—one of the first fibreglass boats made in New Zealand by Thames Craft. The oars are ancient too; you cannot buy decent dinghy oars in New Zealand. Nor rowlocks. My current ones were sourced at auctions after the original oars were stolen and rowlocks accidentally dropped overboard.

The net was owned by my uncle, it is over 50-years-old. Some of the cork floats had worn off and been replaced with inferior plastic ones. I had replaced the end poles to make it look tidier and repaired some of the holes made by rocks and rays.

The ropes are much newer, only about 20-years-old but they are polypropylene that has been kept out of the sun to slow its degradation.

The dinghy was towed to and from the beach by my neighbour’s vehicle, no, not electric but his vehicle is a SWB Land Rover, also over 50-years-old. The total distance is less than a kilometre.

The dinghy is muscle powered (one rower) and retrieving the net is also muscle powered, this time by two persons. One pulling each end of the net. The magnificent catch landed, amounted to a barrow three-quarter full, plus some five buckets to the onlookers. All in less than an hour’s work.

Nothing in this venture, except the onlookers, was aged less than 20-years-old and only less than a cupful of fossil fuel was used in the venture.

Garfish is delicately flavoured. There are several methods of preparing it for the table. Lightly flour and fry it in butter, de-bone it to make patties or brine and smoke it to make the tastiest of smoked fish.

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