15th January 2009
Work goes on in the factory.
Nick is cutting collars off the toothfish heads; these are packed separately. The cheeks are also removed from the head and the only parts sent to the offal tanks are the head itself and the guts; all the rest is processed and stowed in the hold.
Josh, Frodo and Aaron taking a large processed fish from the holding tank to the wash bin where the blood will be scrubbed from the gut cavity before going into the blast freezers.
Pete, the CCAMLR observer, holds up a large starfish that came off the last line. We don't often catch much other than toothfish (our target species), grenadier and skate. So when something different comes up on a line, it is recorded and retained as a specimen to be analysed by the experts at home.
Occasionally we find something different, usually from the stomach contents of a toothfish that has been examined by the observers while doing their biological sampling. More about that later.
Rgds: John B.
Tags: Colossal Squid, toothfish