This week we took a trip to the Andaman Sea on the West coast of Thailand. We headed there for a break from the bustle and pollution of the city. The ocean here is a beautiful clear blue-green colour and it's not unusual to find a nice spot on the beach to yourself. Plans of swimming were set aside when we were warned the jellyfish are in season. A few hours later, when the tide was out, we took a walk along the beach and found it littered with large clear-pink jelly fish.
The boats were arriving in numbers more than I expected. At the shore, in the water were large (10'x10') bins made of nets. The boat would pull up to the container and the fishermen would toss the jellyfish from the boat into the bin. The jellyfish are counted at this point because the fishermen receive 5Baht (approx$0.20 Canadian) per jellyfish.
We were told the jellyfish move along the coast the and processing plant moves with them, it will be at this village for approximately two months then be dissembled and moved up the coast. The local fishermen earn their per-jellyfish income but most of the processing workers are employed by the processing company and will move with the equipment.
In the end, while we were disappointing to have to avoid swimming we always love learning new things and are happy to see the local rural economy surviving.