Tuesday, June 2, 2015

the shrimp farm

have you ever thought about how shrimp are farmed?  me neither.  

last week we took a day trip to the island of madura to check out our friend's shrimp farm.  it was really interesting.  there were 33 concrete pools where the shrimp are raised and we came the first day of harvest… so here are the guys draining the pools and catching the shrimp in the nets.  

as the pools are drained the water in these canals all head back into the ocean… 

 some of the workers taking a break from the heat of day.  we went at 1pm and it was SO hot!!!  they are wearing sweatshirts and masks to protect themselves from the sun.  we're close to the equator here and the sun is hot on the skin! 

and then we took a stroll, threw rocks into the ocean and looked at beautiful, open space that we never see in our crowded city.  

the drive there was about three hours, most of which was through the island of madura.  madura is so different than where we live… we live in a city of 6 million people and it is crowded everywhere.  madura is much more village like… there are little groups of houses, markets and farms along the road.  the part we traveled through is green and very spacious.  i love just looking around at the peaceful scenery.  next time we go, we hope to stay longer and check out more of the beautiful island. 

and thanks to our friend, michael, for the invitation to see his farm!  

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