Catching koi at Maxine Paetro’s Broccoli Hall koi harvest

Rosie the Koi, with the unique coloring that makes her back look skeletal, was introduced by Maxine Paetro as the mother of all the fish in Paetro’s ki shusui project. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

AMENIA — Something fishy was happening at Broccoli Hall last Thursday, Oct. 4, as local author and ki shusui enthusiast Maxine Paetro invited guests to witness a koi harvest at her property’s largest pond.

Paetro’s reason for harvesting her prized koi was to reduce the number of koi that weren’t leading to her successfully creating and stabilizing a genetic line of ki shusui. Regarding her ki shusui project, Paetro explained that for 10 years, she’s been trying to breed a type of koi that typically surface as a by-product of other species.

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