In between the various building projects that we had on the go (those entries will soon be published I promise!) I tried to make time to take the kids down to the river for a swim at least every other day.
As it was the end of the dry season the water level was always too low for me to join the kids in a swim so I usually took a book with me to read while half supervising.
On one trip I watched with great interest as two women slowly made their way upstream towards me bent over with their hands constantly doing something under the surface of the water.
I walked over to them to see what was happeneing and discovered that they were actually fishing! They would lift up any decent sized rocks and scare the small fish that were hiding underneath into their bag.
One lady was very proud to show me the Jorakhe จระเข้ or Crocodile fish that she had just caught. Can’t quite see the resemblance myself but I didn’t want to dampen her enthusiasm so decided to keep quiet.
The two women had been at it for about two hours and said they had enough for dinner for both their families but would push on for another 30 minutes in the hope of finding a few more.
Many rivers in Thailand (especially in the Issan (north east) area) have almost been completely fished out and what you see in the above photo is generally as big as most fish are allowed to get to before ending up on someones BBQ.
I remember as a kid being frustrated by the size and limit quotas that were (and still are) set on the delicious Barramundi that is found in our local waters here in Australia. When I see what has happened in Thailand, I am now really thank full for them.