Although now Aberdeen
has been transformed into a semi-commercial district, it has still maintained
the style of a fishing village. Some of the residents of Aberdeen actively
engage in boat activities. They still mainly rely on the boat for daily
living, working, and chatting amongst each other. Some common boat activities
include: fish salt-processing, washing fish and driving and being a tour
guide on the sightseeing sampans on the waterfront.
Trawling is the most common and
significant method used nowadays by the fishermen in the South and East
China seas. The type of trawling method used depends on which type of fish
the fisherman intends to catch. To catch shrimp, fishermen use the shrimp
trawling operation, during which they would throw small bags into the sea
to catch shrimp. For catching other marine animals such as fish, different
methods are used. For the gill-netting operation, the fish boat would pull
a long net at its back, which fish will flow into. For the seine fishing
operation, fishermen will place a rounded net into the sea when they see
a school of fish swim by. The long-lining operation consists of the fish
boat pulling a string, tagged with little fish, to attract and lure the
fish onto the string.
Shrimp Trawlers are used to catch
shrimp using the shrimp-trawling method. However, shrimp trawlers only
account for a very small portion of trawlers in Hong Kong. Currently, the
most common trawlers in Hong Kong, are the Hang Trawlers, Sten Trawlers,
Purse Seniers and Gill-Netters. All of these local fishing boat junks
were mechanized only after the Pacific War.
The Jumbo Floating Restaurant
is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Aberdeen. It is a double-storey
boat, which serves Cantonese–style cooked seafood on board. Despite its
high-quality food, the dining atmosphere is the main attraction of the
restaurant. The Jumbo Floating Restaurant is filled mostly with tourists
and locals who bring their overseas business clients and foreign friends
for a taste of traditional Hong Kong life.