By any other name

“And I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan” (Revelation 2:9 NKJV).

Bangladesh is a country of more than 100 navigable rivers plus many ponds, swamps and lakes. It contains the world’s largest delta. Not surprisingly Banglas are fish eating people. Fish is relatively available to them, even to the poorer population. They eat all types – from fresh, salt, or brackish water, wild caught or pond raised. They will drain roadside dishes for tiny crustaceans and minnows, or eat steaks from large species caught in the Bay of Bengal.

Many of their favorites are various species of (or relatives of) carp. There are German carp, China carp, silver carp, minar carp, rui, and many others. I recently ate a new (to me) species which I was told was “katol,” and was similar to rui. After eating and enjoying it my first thought was “by any other name, carp is still bony.” Continue reading “By any other name”

What type of fishermen are we?

“And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then he said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men'” (Matthew 4:18-19 NKJV).

I have always been at least peripherally aware that there were commercial fishermen somewhere. However in the part of the world in which I live a fisherman is generally a person with rod and line seeking to catch one fish at a time. Though he intends to eat his catch, he usually views fishing as a form of entertainment or hobby. That is called sport fishing. Many sport fishermen do not even keep the fish they land but release them to provide entertainment for someone else.

In less developed parts of the world, sport has little or nothing to do with fishing. It is all about the catch, and eating or selling it. Though, for example, many in Bangladesh fish with hook and line, the preferred and most common method is to use nets. These vary from small nets thrown by hand, to large nets set in rivers, lakes, or the sea. Continue reading “What type of fishermen are we?”