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January 2006, Aberdeen Fish Market, Hong Kong

Aberdeen is seafood is Aberdeen-- the sprawling harbour is lined with moored trawlers unloading their acquatic wares to the famous wholesale fish market perched on the wharf. The odd dear old woman is also there, touting for business to take you for a harbour cruise in an old boat, or to lure you into the floating restaurant that sits like a gaudy ornament out on the distant horizon.

Away from waterfront, in the bleak carpark behind the market, I found this fishmonger in the back of a truck with his catch-- most of which were still alive, squirming in overcrowded buckets. He invited me onboard-- I spoke as much Cantonese as he did English-- yet somehow he eagerly explained the different varieties of fish he had for sale and caught a few with his net for me so I could photograph them. At one point he pulled out a piece of paper and tried to write something-- I couldn't read the Chinese but on the back was a list of potential Happy Valley winners. Hong Kong loves its horse racing as much as we Australians do.

I'd say most of these fish were destined for many an infamous tank found in the windows of Chinese restaurants across Hong Kong.

My attempt to stalk Luko stalking Darren.

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