There were three visits that I had done when it came to looking at the fish farmers that Dompet Dhuafa supported. There were three different types of fish that the farms were farming, were shellfish, mussels and catfish. All three visits were a new experience for me since I had never seen fish farming. There were lots of new things that I had encountered while on the visit.
The first visit was for the Shellfish and Mussel farm (which was the third visit on day 1 after the other two visits of the home industries). It was an evening visit, so the images that were taken on this farm are a bit dark and of lower resolution.
Anyway, I had never seen how shellfish and mussels were grown, so I was pretty excited when the farmer said that he would show it to me. It was only later that I realised that he was about to take us all on an evening boat trip a few kilometres away from land, in the middle of the sea. Nevertheless, I was still excited as I had never really been on a fishing boat before. While on the way, I witnessed one of the most breathtaking views that I have ever come across. It was sunset time when we were on the sea on our way to the mussel and shellfish growing site, and the sky was pink.
The picture above is the place where they grow the shellfish. They are a bunch of hollow bamboo sticks which the fish attach to, and the fisherman collects the fish from the bamboo. It’s a really simple method, and to be honest, quite effective as well. Ive been told that the women working on selling the shellfish earn about 2000 IDR per KG fish sold. Upon returning from the shellfish and mussel farm, I went to a catfish farm after a few days. It had rained that day, and therefore I was the only one able to go to the farm with the officer in charge of that project. The catfish farm was just like any other catfish farm, which basically consisted of different ponds where the catfish were segregated according to their age and size. Nothing fancy, a simple setup yet again. The images below are from the catfish farm.