30th November

This morning we entered CCAMLR waters at 60 degrees south.
Unfortunately the weather has been overcast with reduced visibility and our chance to see the southern lights during the few hours of darkness have now has passed until we head home in March. In another two days we will have 24-hour daylight.

Weather conditions at 62 00s 178 00e are W-SW around 35kts, sea conditions rough and generally uncomfortable on our southerly course, speed around 9.5kts.

The ship is in good shape with all fishing gear in top condition and now ready for the fishing operation ahead.

At noon today the crew was again briefed about on board safety, CCAMLR regulations and the importance of retaining ALL rubbish.

Some of the crew listening to another safety briefing (l-r Kahu, Nick, Chris, Adam, Matt, Josh, Chevy, Aaron and Shand)

Some of the crew listening to another safety briefing (l-r Kahu, Nick, Chris, Adam, Matt, Josh, Chevy, Aaron and Shand)

The Ross Sea fishery is still regarded by CCAMLR as a research fishery and because of that we must collect a considerable amount of scientific data to help scientists establish the extent and sustainability of the fishery before permanent licenses are issued. In the mean time, if any vessel fails to comply with regulations whey will not receive permits in the future.

Some of the requirements include:

  • Biological sampling of all species and a tag and release program for Toothfish and Skate.
  • Collect, catalogue and retain any benthic organisms that may come up on the line.
  • A stringent ‘move on’ rule if by-catch limits are exceeded in any area, (by-catch are fish species that are caught at the same time as fishing for toothfish, ie. Skates, Rays and Grenadier.  As we know some of these species may be caught, a limit is set for them as well as for the toothfish).
  • The retention on board of all offal from processing. This can only to be discarded once we are heading home and outside the CCAMLR zone.
  • All the ships rubbish must be retained aboard or incinerated.
  • No transshipment (offloading of finished product at sea either in open
    waters or sheltered harbours) or refueling within CCAMLR waters.

The list of requirements is long but necessary to protect this marine environment for a sustainable fishery in the future.

Rgds: John B.



4 Responses to “30th November”

  1. Evelyn Probert Says:

    Hi Crew- good to see you’re all ok & the weather has been kind. Josh- it took a while to track you down. Hope you’re getting some good photos & enjoying the adventure! Nice beard too. The surf has been good at the Mount & Matt is surfing in Noosa. Glad there are no giant squid here… Take care, Evelyn (Mum).

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