The bad news is we have 110 trout left... and they're big, too! From our calculations, it appears we've lost approximately 240-ish fish to Mother Nature. That's a 1/3 of what we started out with! As soon as we realized the Blue Heron was helping itself to dinner, Kevin added a fishing line barrier, which I'm sure has helped reduce the amount of lost fish. However, it took some time for us to realize that the otters, the gluttons, were taking several trips up to the all-you-can-eat buffet. Kevin has installed an electric fence, which we turn on only at dusk and turn off in the morning. It's enough to shock the little critters, but not kill them. Martin says losing a 1/3 of any crop as a farmer is normal. 1/3 for customers. 1/3 for our own consumption. 1/3 to Mother Nature. We don't mind sharing, and we're not so naive to think we won't lose a few, but a 1/3 of a large number has a much bigger impact on our bottom line. And in a few days, once the big pond is clean, we'll be transferring the baby trout... 1,500 of them... into it. Kevin's wheels are turning... thinking of other ways to secure the ponds.
While Martin and Kevin were draining the big pond, we were also catching fish for our neighbour, Roberto. They caught a 1.8 kilo (almost 4 lb). She was a beauty! We kept her for ourselves and Kevin is smoking her right now... If we were to buy just one smoked filet, it would cost at least $20... there are some perks to this gig. Can't wait for lunch!