[Saeng Saeng Network]
In the ocean near Goseong, South Gyeongsang Province, a harvest of seasonal scallops is well under way.
The scallop, having an incomparable chewy texture, is one of the most popular delicacies in the winter.
Park Jung-heon has more.
A scallop-catching boat floats on the endless winter sea.
Here, fishermen are busy sorting the scallops.
At the end of the rope is a fish trap full of scallops as big as an adult hand.
<Park Ki-chul / Fisherman> “When we catch them, they are mostly delivered to Incheon. This year, the demand for scallops is enormous.”
When the shell comes off, thick and fresh meat fills the space.
Scallops caught like this have great texture and are affordable, so they are very popular as steamed or roasted dishes.
Scallops are mostly consumed as roasted, but can be cooked in many different ways, from raw sashimi to soup.
Also, because they are low in calories but rich in protein and minerals, they are a popular choice for diets.
Fishermen in Goseong produced 140 tons of scallops last year, earning an income of 530 million won.
<Kim Jong-cheol / President of Goseong-gun National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Union> “In 2016, the area will expand significantly. If so, problems like markets and price stabilization are very important. Hence, until the end of this year, the Goseong fisheries union is preparing to conduct route sales.”
Scallops, a winter delicacy, are increasingly becoming a new source of income for the southern coast.
Park Jung-heon reporting for Yonhap News.
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