I have recently been thinking about going fishing again, yet I am a little conflicted. I have heard that the fish are less likely to bite in the colder months, as they move to different sections of the ocean (or different layers), so I doubt I will have any success… however I should try anyway. One of the major reasons as to why I haven’t gone is because, over the last few days, the weather has been so terribly cold. We have had a fake spring, so realistic that the trees are budding (a couple of mine have been fooled by the weather) and it has been a real pleasure to be outside. Now, the harshness of winter has returned for the final blast before it is officially gone at the end of this month. So, I have not wanted to go outside, especially somewhere I have to stand for hours in the wind.
So… thinking about my skill in fishing reminded me that while I am not the best at catching fish, I am a highly skilled collector of seaweed. Each fishing trip sees me bring large amounts of seaweed to the surface, which usually gets thrown back, or taken home for use in my compost. Yet, these collections of seaweed could be used for other purposes. I have been looking into the use of seaweed for food. According to the research I have conducted, every form of seaweed collectable from Tasmanian water is edible. Some are actually full of great flavour and some companies are considering farming the product for sale.
I am very interested in bringing home some food from the sea, yet as I have stated, I am not the best fisherman. I see collecting seaweed as a great way to bring home some nutrition, in the form of an easily collected resource. Also… my kids love seaweed, at least in the form of Japanese Nori. If I could convince them to eat fresh seaweed I would be very happy to bring home the goods.