Working at the Thailand Fisheries Department
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Today we did something a bit different and went to help out at a Thailand Fisheries Department facility for the day and tour a bit of the site. We left early in the morning and when we arrived after about a 15 minute drive we were put right to work. Our first task of the day was to assist in transporting some fish from various swimming net locations and to move and clean the nets.
The guys seemed to do the bulk of the work with Aaron and Sheran really getting into the swim of things, while I helped transport the fish from net to net and some of the girls also assisting in this process. We moved some large groupers, moray eels, and several other fish species and then pulled off the nets to set them out to dry (mainly to get all the algae off of them that accumulates over time.
After this set of work we took a tour of the facility to see some of the other fish that they were breeding and the equipment utilitzed to do so. Several of the species that we saw were ones that we often see when diving and since I don't have an underwater camera the pics that I got from the aquariums here will have to satisfy your curiosity.
After the tour we had our lunches and then went out to feed lunch to the fishes as well. We had some fun with this little project, even though we were all knackered under the blistering hot sky (95F +70% humidity and a blazing sun is not all that fun at 1-2 in the afternoon). But as you can see from the pictures we had fun.
We ended with a short lecture about the work of the fisheries department. This was really held at the wrong time as we were all just fried by this point. We listened as best we could then headed home to shower and remove the fish guts from our skin. Then it was time to recover as we were back to diving with the fishes the next morning again instead of feeding them (at least that's what I hope everytime I dive).