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The ’Frisco correspondent of the -- Auckland Herald says :—The shrimp fisheries are really so curious that I must say something about them. Being out for a sail one day in the Bay our party came upon the Chinese fishery. 7 _ Oh, heavens ! when shall I eyeiuieaj, ‘ shrimp again ? Echo might truly . r T,answer, never ! The village, for sticn- , it appears, which is located below’ the brow of beetling cliffs, to be out of M sight, I presume, since the amount of small fish destroyed is against the fish liiws of the city, is a filthy, disgusting-looking assemblage of small huts, about twenty, the roofs covered with drying sharks and other filthy occupants of the deep*] 1 while scattered everywhere-were fish boilers, and close to the shore ajy- ' peared a fleet of Chinese junks heavily ' - laden with fish, which, as quickly r ,- ; r from the boats, are emptied into-the vats for boiling. The shrimps I-D mixed up with all manner of young fish, from salmon fry to shad, and these ; are, after being boiled, sorted and, dried for exportation. Some of the huts are placed on piles high above the water, having a trap-door in the floor, through which the offal _of ' the cleaned fish is thrown down into the water, and this beastly water is that in which the shrimps and fish are boiled. As soon as they are cooked; the Mongols carry them in baskets the drying ground—a place which would fill the greatest sight-seer with astonishment. Fancy twenty acres cf,. ; shrimps laying in the sun, with , the filthy Chinamen barefooted among them, rake in hand, turning them over to dry. It was indeed a stupendous, though a fearful, sight to anyone loving a shrimp diet. By an ingenious contrivance, the shrimps when dry are : bruised in such a manner that the flesh leaves the shell, which isseparated from it much as com is ’ winnowed. The shelled shrimps are . tightly packed in bags, the shells also being collected and packed ; all go to China, the one part for food, the other for fertilising purposes. This curious place should be seen to be appreciated, but anyone going thither would do well to provide himself with a supply of “-Jockey Club,” the stench being so frightful that fainting away becomes i a necessary part of the programme. I 1 The number of fish destroyed daily by 1 the “ Heathen Chinee ” exceeds the quantity used in the whole city of San ; Francisco. , ‘ .

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SHRIMPS FOR TEA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 502, 7 December 1881

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SHRIMPS FOR TEA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 502, 7 December 1881