Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Do fish eat seasick tablets?

We set of from Rainbow Beach's Carlo Point Marina at dawn on a deep sea fishing charter.  I had decided not to take the seasick tablets that I bought because I had just noticed that they contained caffeine (and caffeine and me don't agree).  I was feeling fine until we got out to sea and stopped moving (well stopped moving forwards and started moving up and down instead!).  I don't know if it was the smell of the squid bait or the diesel fumes, but I soon started to feel queasier and queasier.  I decided that the seasick tablets might have been a good idea, so I took two, but it was too late, and I lost my breakfast and no doubt also the seasick tablets over the side of the boat.  I felt better after that though!  I didn't eat anything for the rest of the day and had no further trouble with seasickness, however I did wonder what happened to the tablets, did the fish eat them?  And what does caffeine do to fish?


After that initial drama, we got on with some fishing!  I managed to catch two snapper and a few others that had to go back.  My husband caught at least seven keepers, plus a huge tuna.  When we got off the boat, we loaded all the fish into our esky and covered them with ice.

The massive tuna
Esky full of fish (note we had to cut the tuna's tail to fit it in!)
The hard work came the next day when we got to work scaling and gutting all the fish.  Actually, it was much like processing chickens, just scaling instead of plucking!  The smaller fish went into the freezer whole, but we cut the tuna into steaks.  We got 4 kg of steaks and another kg of scraps that I'll use for soup.  I cooked up the skeleton to make 5L of fish stock.  We dropped all the guts in our weed/manure tea barrel to make our version of fish emulsion!  As usual, nothing was wasted!

This was good practice as our next project is aqauponics!  This is a cross between hydroponics and aquaculture, where the fish waste feeds the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish.  We has ordered a small kit from Practical Aquaponics, and it will arrive soon.  Now we just have to organise a greenhouse and some little fishies.......

Do you get seasick?  Any good at fishing?  Have you tried aquaponics?

2 comments:

  1. wow what a great catch. I am sure you are not the first to feed sea sick tablets to the fish.Can't wait to see the aquaponics when you have it set up.

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  2. Sounds like a productive trip. I get horribly sea sick too. Not fun times.

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