The King Fish Priest
And 'the noble fish soup, considering it has fewer bones of his peers capon and both have a regal bearing: fiery red capon or orange depending on the coral where he lives, always brown with shades of gray for the priest who lives under the mud or sand.
Because we prefer to devote space in this funny and cute fish, leaving out other species such as gurnard gifts, la annoying (agna) and the same capon? Simple: because the priests fish or Guardastelle (because the eyes positioned high above the head) They have become rare because of trawling.
They are mighty, with some quick and snappy poisonous spines to eat but very clumsy when hiding. So living in fabulous grounds without shelter, were "scentati", as I say in sailor, from driftnets spent drawn in the lower depths 50 meters permitted by law.
Just talk to the old gods trammel (gillnets) to find that in the months of February and July was normal to take plenty of the "king of the soup", in each locality there was an area on 25/40 meters where the priest lived fish in large colonies with specimens weighing over one kilogram, Then gradually they disappeared from Deiva Marina, from Moneglia, from Vallegrande, raked areas every day from paranze S. Margherita and Sestri Levante; then also from Riva Gulf they have disappeared and so also from the entire coastal strip between Chiavari and the Peninsula. Do you think that had become so rare that it was sufficient to indicate a specimen in a case of soup to hear apostrophe from the fishmonger "oh no! That alone I can not sell it to him, because otherwise it ruins the soup!”
To understand this better: It is the weever, the gallinetta, the monkfish, gronghetto to fish but the priest must place at least two pounds of soup otherwise then it becomes difficult to complete the pairing.
So far so, Unfortunately, Natural but the novelty is that the priest fish are back, or better, They have been rediscovered in the last year. merit, for gourmets, a little 'less for fish, the fishing boat "Ninety - Mario Octopus Two" which, with its nets found it at two specific points, which of course will remain secret, entire colonies of fish priest. Between last year and last summer, they were captured over 600 specimens with variable weight between three ounces and kilogram.
To give a hand to this strong race were the "ambushes" of Sestri Levante, Riva Trigoso and Deiva Marina that, reaching a depth of 50 meters, actually prevent vessels from entering the coast.
So in a wreck and the other, in an ambush and "zinna" (the demarcation between the sand-mud and rock-poseidonia) the priest fish (in some places call them "fish bagio") They have resumed going to the benches of the fishmongers.
The great vitality that distinguishes them (also they move hours after evisceration by contact with the water of the pot), It is the fact that they have a firm and boneless make it the number one for the ciupin and soup can be served alone, covered by the "bagnetta" made with scorpion fish or fish from rocks. We stop because it is not the case of further disseminate, But when you sail a network with fifteen or twenty priest fish one another row, it is a satisfaction and a little 'revenge towards those who are no longer at sea (after the decree Evangelists, which it took away the nets to amateurs, only in the town of Sestri Levante 120 People no longer have exercised) and who argue that fish in the sea there are fewer and fewer.
fear not, I have reappeared as the white croaker, le corvine, the snapper, the leccie, the King Prawns, the priest fish, lobsters, the lobsters also other species will find their natural habitat in the depths of Tigullio, as long as you respect the rules of trawling, from the rock lampare, from the mechanical seiners, that under the 50 meters of seabed have too great an advantage over the marine life for speed fishing means used and are devastating to the flora that should be the nursery of plankton.
Of course in addition to a greater respect by fishermen, still they need to improve the environmental conditions. Surely the environmental awareness is making great strides and just the history of the priest fish return it is the first demonstration: if the bottom is left to rest, whether from underwater sewage drains out protracted not chemically, If more oil tankers do not wash the cans throw overboard tons of crude oil (then part ends on the ground and the other part on the seabed) then the peach can reproduce only to be caught with regular and selective systems such as the trammel.