The Apron and The Arm #4 Stuffed Honey Mustard Mackerels


 

Mackerels are one of the most nutritious fish, a rich source of omega3 fatty acids. Besides, they are easily found in Mumbai and is one of the cheapest local fish. For all these reasons I find myself eating mackerels at least once a week. However, during the monsoon, the fishing community refrains from eating fish because it is the time when fish breed. Mahashtrian and Konkani people refer to this time as ‘shravan’.

Not everyone follows this practice. But I was brought up by sea loving parents very much in touch with coastal practices. I try to respect nature as much as I can, in my own small way. So this will be my last fish meal for the next 3 months. Sad but necessary. I urge you to reduce, if not stop from consuming fish for a little while as well. Your small step will show the sea that we care.

Stuffed Honey Mustard Mackerels.

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2 thoughts on “The Apron and The Arm #4 Stuffed Honey Mustard Mackerels

  1. Hello,

    >However, during the monsoon, the fishing community refrains from eating fish because it is the time when fish breed.
    – I have grown up by the coast, but did not realise this until a few years ago.

    >So this will be my last fish meal for the next 3 months.
    – *high five* You go, girl! And fellow tree hugger.

    The following is an excerpt I wrote to a friend recently:

    *******************************************************************
    The monsoons are upon us. Years ago, there used to be a fishing ban from early June to the end of August. This was not only because the waters were too rough for the traditional canoe-style fishing boats to venture into the deep sea, but also to allow marine life to breed normally. Over the past decade, that has changed. From 3 months, the ban was reduced to a shocking one month. The reason? Greed. Technology helped with mechanised fishing trawlers that made it relatively safer for vessels to brave the raging waters.

    The green peeps here in my state fought and managed to get the ban extended for an extra 15 days last year, only to have that decision (likely) trashed and overturned this year. And then, I just had to go and read that article and discover what one of the pro-longer ban guys, a scientist, said. I’ll summarise.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Earlier generations did not eat fresh fish during those 3 months. They survived on a variety of salted fish preparations. Today, outside the banned period, we eat freshly caught fish. During the banned period, we eat fish that has been frozen earlier. Both varieties come at an enormous cost to the environment. Eating fresh fish before and after the reduced ban does not allow marine life to breed normally and this results in the stock of fish not being replenished for the following season.

    Bottom line: An unsustainable practice.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    As soon as I read that, what do I go and do? What I did as a child. No fresh fish for three months i.e. June to August. 😦

    *******************************************************************

    Thanks for spreading the word. 🙂

    Shrinking Violet

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