Kilograms or pieces and counts?
A newly-minted millionaire sought entry into an exclusive society club. When the secretary asked for his net worth, he proudly replied, “$13,403, 374.” The crisp response was not long in coming. “If you're still counting”, said the secretary, “you need not bother with our club.”
Looking at the economic position of our sector I do not think any of us will be a position not to bother to count.
Counting is fundamental to the perception of quantity and value. The purpose of counting is to assign a numeric value to a group of objects. Counting the number of eggs in a basket the result is always the same. The problem with glass eels is that not only do the numbers per kilo change throughout the season but the outcome of any weighing process is highly dependent on the manner in which it is carried out.
How much water is in the consignment? How much water can be squeezed out of the glass eels without damaging or compromising the welfare of the stock?
Existing methods of counting by hand are time consuming, variable, and unverified with outcomes that are dependent on the operator.