Fish Farming, Macquarie Harbour, Strahan, Tasmania

By | 2014-06-14T07:01:45+00:00 March 26, 2013|Categories: Australia, Photo of the Day|Tags: , |3 Comments

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As we cruised Macquarie Harbour and up the Gordon River to see the ancient forests, we also ran across these Aussie fisherman, or should I say farmers, tending their salmon fisheries. I suppose farmed fish are the future, but damn, I prefer the wild stuff.


  1. Howard Perry July 14, 2013 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I remember this scene from my visit there in 2001. Despite it being end of December, the weather was too cold to strip to go topless. We also took a Gordon river cruise stopping at Sarah Island and going through Hell’s Gates. The guides explained that the water in the harbour was brackish – semi salty and the convicts were told that the water couldn’t support any life. The fish farm productivity was testament to how wrong this information was.

    • Tom Bartel July 14, 2013 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Gee, they lied to the prisoners? How unlike the Brits!

  2. Howard Perry July 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    They didn’t know they were lying, They believed it too. The idea was to discourage escape.
    It worked mostly. There were few escapes and one group ate each other, although they could have hunted the wildlife.
    Until comparatively recently Australian wildlife eg kangaroo was considered unfit for human consumption.
    Burke and Wills died because of this belief.

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