Sunday, February 3, 2019


So we had two different kinds of shredded squid, and we had a couple martinis and we tasted the squid and I even made some "tasting notes" – and I’m absolutely sure that the one on the left was better than the one on the right, but I can’t find those lost notes, and I can only find one of the bags, that would be Jeeny’s - Jeeny appears to be a mermaid - and you know, really, in the greater scheme of things it’s no big deal. 

But the real fascination is the information on the back of that Jeeny’s pack.  The ingredients are, squid, salt, sugar, a preservative and a flavor enhancer.  But there’s some unexpected detail: “product of China” – not so surprising.  “Category of fishinggear Trawls” – which I suppose is a good thing, and more information that you’d expect.  But then, best of all: “Caught in Pacific Ocean Zone FAO no. 6” which seemed staggering.

So I Iooked that up, obviously.  Pacific Ocean Zone FAO no. 6 looks like this:

And is defined as follows: “All marine waters of the Northwest Pacific bounded by a line commencing from a point on the mainland coast of Russia in the Western Bering Sea at 175°00'W longitude and running due south along this meridian to 20°00'N latitude; thence running due west along this parallel to 115°00'E longitude; thence due south to 15°00'N latitude; thence due west to a point on the southeast coast of Asian Mainland at 15°00'N latitude; thence in a northeasterly direction along the coasts of Asian and Russian Mainland to the point of departure.”

Somehow I feel much better for knowing this.

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