Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fresh Fish

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went further than ever. The further the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste.
To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go further and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. The frozen fish brought a lower price. So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin.
After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish.
So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan? If you were consulting the fish industry, what would you recommend?
How Japanese Fish Stay Fresh:
To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are put through a challenge and are kept "on their toes" in order to stay fresh and lively.
Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired & dull, so we need a Shark in our life to keep us awake and moving? Basically in our lives Sharks are new challenges to keep us active and lively. These sharks can come in all different forms but all for the same reason....to keep us alive and active. At times we might complain of huge sharks or too many sharks but only the sender of the sharks knows the benifit of sending.
Allah Ta'aala says: "...and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know." (Surah Baqarah: 216)
Allah Ta'aala says: "Verily your Rabb increases and decreases the provisions of whoever He wills. Indeed He is informed and watching over His slaves." (Surah Israa: 30)


Yuana said...

Does it true the Japanese practice in that way?They are putting shark in the tank?

Itminaan said...

Yep, it's true.
There are many different types of sharks out there...some are small in size, some medium and some other are large. So, they most probably use the most suitable type of shark for this purpose. I don't think they use those large and fierce predator sharks... (which often documented in National Geographic channel)