SEAL ROCKS PHOTO ARCHIVE

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Holen panel van would have been full of dust, having traveled with the back window open.

Holen panel van would have been full of dust, having traveled with the back window open.

Regatta Day
Regatta Day

 

 

Large Kingfish were once common along the NSW coast.

Large Kingfish were common along the NSW coast.

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Caravan park  a week or two before Christmas holidays were to start.

Caravan park a week or two before the summer Christmas holidays.

 

How the caravan park was in 1988

How the caravan park was.

 

View from near the camping ground.

View from near the shop – after a walk through the bush.

"Donnie"

“Donnie”

 

 

Afternoon sea mist - caravan park area.

Afternoon sea mist – caravan park area.

 

jhh and Christine Danaher were regular visitors.

Myself (JHH) and Christine have been regular diving visitors.

EASTERN ROCK LOBSTER (Formerly ‘crayfish’) AT SEAL ROCKS

December 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

A nest of giant rock lobster was found by Vic Ley and Ron Taylor in 1963 at Seal Rocks.  http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au

A nest of giant rock lobster was found by Vic Ley and Ron Taylor in 1963 at Seal Rocks. http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au

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A cover of "International Seafood" years ago.

A cover shot of “International Seafood” years ago.

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nice sized lobster(Above) ‘Eastern Rock lobster in natural habitat’, picture by JH Harding (Public domain – free use with credit given to source).

Lobster trap bait. Mullet are drying after being heavily salted. Originally these racks were on the road at Boat Beach.  The aroma obviously required a change of location after visitor numbers to the village began increasing the the late 1970sLobster trap bait. Blackfish (luderick) sun drying after being heavily salted. Originally these racks were on the road at Boat Beach. The aroma obviously required a change of location after visitor numbers to the village began increasing the the late 1970s

 Luderick are often netted in large quantities - which then devalues them at the fish market, so they become lobster biat when salted and dried.

Luderick are often netted in large quantities – which then devalues them at the fish market, so they become lobster biat when salted and dried.

Rock lobster of this size are not permitted to be taken because they are breeding stock.  It took decades for the fisheries department to figure out what professionals always knew was correct, but the theory had to be proven on paper.   Scientists have been reluctant to converse with fishermen in the past  but that shortcoming has improved with a better media.

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Cooking the catch in the era before plastic tags were required on each lobster.Cooking the catch in the era before plastic tags were required on each lobster, pro fisherman Joesph Bloe cooks his catch in the era before tags were law to limit poaching of the catch. Eastern Rock Lobster is the variety common to New South Wales waters. My opinion is they are more tasty than Victorian or Queensland lobsters. The best and also the less in number being caught.

We knew them as ‘crayfish’ in the 1960s.

(Above ‘cooking lobsters’  picture is hereby now in the ‘free-use public domain’ world wide providing credit is given to the source).

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Large lobster cannot be sold or taken. Often these are kept as 'callers' (live prisioners) in the hope, belief, strategy they will attract smaller and legal sized companions into the same trap.  These lobsters were being kept until the next season, in deep water.  The plan failed when the marker buoy line broke and the entire trap and these contents was lost.

Large lobster cannot be sold or taken. Often these are kept as ‘callers’ (live prisoners)  in the hope, belief, strategy they will attract smaller and legal-sized companions into the same trap. These lobsters  (pictured under a boat offshore)were being kept until the next season,  with food and in deep water. The plan failed disastrously weeks later when the buoy line came adrift or was cut by a passing ship and the entire trap and these contents lost. (Details by Brian Davies RIP).

PHILIPPE COUSTEAU (1971)

December 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Philippe Cousteau was the second of three sons born to French oceanographer Jacques Yves Cousteau.  Philippe and wife Jan visited Seal Rocks with John Harding and Richard Ibara in 1971 when this interview was made for Fathom magazine.  http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au

Philippe Cousteau was the second of three sons born to French oceanographer Jacques Yves Cousteau. Philippe and wife Jan visited Seal Rocks with John Harding and Richard Ibara in 1971 when this interview was made for Fathom magazine. http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au

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Philippe speaks with pro fisherman Dave Golby at Seal Rocks.  His interview later appeared in Skin Diver magazine (by request without mentioning the source).

Philippe speaks with pro fisherman Dave Golby at Seal Rocks. His interview later appeared in Skin Diver magazine (by request without mentioning the source).

Philippe at Watson's Bay - he wisely refused to dine at Doyles famous seafood restaurant on marine environmental issues.

Philippe at Watson’s Bay – he wisely refused to dine at Doyles famous seafood restaurant on marine environmental issues.

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Is that a strand of dental floss hanging from Philippe's mouth?

Is that a strand of dental floss hanging from Philippe’s mouth?

Footnote: Philippe was killed when the seaplane he was piloting crashed in Lisbon, Portugal, 1976.  He was the father of two children. In 1971 Fathom magazine received a letter saying Jan and Philippe would be in Australia for several days.  The magazine conducted this interview (in a coffee shop at King Cross near where Philippe and Jan were staying). When a dive was suggested, Seal Rocks was the first destination that came into consideration.  Rick Poole (Pro Dive Maroubra) loaned some brand new gear for Philippe, a 2nd car was rented and off we went.  The only accommodation at Seal Rocks was a caravan that could be rented.

Back in Sydney we entertained at Jose Botella’s home where quality food and wine could be expected. (Our house at Glebe was very basic and to make matters worse our pet dog had just been killed in a road accident).

The following year Jose Botella accepted an invitation to meet again with Philippe and Jan for lunch with Jacques-Yves Cousteau in Paris. An honour and a real treat.

The Australian newspaper selected Philippe's recipe for sea urchin, as a worthy story.  In Paris (Philippe said) sea urchin roe is very expensive.  The best variety are the brown urchins burt we had to do with the large black variety.  More pictures of better quality to be added later).

The Australian newspaper selected Philippe’s recipe for sea urchin, as a worthy story. In Paris (Philippe said) sea urchin roe is very expensive. The best variety are the brown urchins but we had to do with the large black variety. More pictures of better quality to be added later).

Philippe Cousteau  senior (1971, Seal Rocks)
Philippe Cousteau senior (1971, Seal Rocks)

 

PHILIPPE COUSTEAU REPORTS IN SKINDIVER

December 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Fathom magazine #6 (1971)  http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au

Fathom magazine #6 (1971) http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au

A more recent picture of Dave Golby and family

A more recent picture of Dave Golby

 

Dave Golby - page 2  (1971)By John Harding

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