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Friday, March 9, 2012

Earning a living from the Ocean

We can say that all of the people we saw that earn their living from the ocean work harder than just about anyone I have ever seen.

There are the fishermen that run their big pangas out through the surf to net a few fish and then crash back through the surf before being dragged away by a tractor. We rushed to a few boats as they came in and the biggest haul we saw was about a five gallon bucket full. Pretty discouraging for three guys working a half day and running out a few miles with a 75 to 150 horsepower outboard. Do the math.

The other hard workers are the kelp harvesters. They gather kelp on the beach and drag it above high tide line. Then they dry for 8 days and sell. Jim found they sell for about 25 cents per kilo. Then it has to be transported. What does this guy get paid. Remember he has to feed his horse.

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