12th January 2009

Even though the ship’s air conditioning system keeps the accommodation areas warm throughout the season it gets very cold in the factory. We have to use a large diesel heater to blow warm air over the frozen blocks of squid bait to thaw them out for setting. The heater also warms the factory deck a little but not enough to be comfortable.

Throughout most of the season, and more so from the end of January on, there is ice accumulated over the main deck and halfway up the ship’s sides, inside the factory.

The factory is a continual hive of activity with fish processing, packing, freezing, glazing then stowing the product down in the main holds.

There is also biological sampling done on the first 25 fish off each line we haul. The official observers, with the help of the crew, gather all sorts of information and samples from the catch. These samples must also be packed, frozen and carefully stowed in the hold and later shipped off to scientists to be analyzed.

Marli and Bull sampling the first 25 toothfish off each line.

Marli and Bull sampling the first 25 toothfish off each line.

 Ren with a good-sized fish; that one was about 75kg.

Ren with a good-sized fish; that one was about 75kg.

Rgds: John B.

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One Response to “12th January 2009”

  1. Renee Tamihana-Kuka Says:

    nice to see the up date wif the boyz on the boat, thanks tangi for keeping us(family on land) happy.
    to bull- why is your table the onli one that doesnt hav fish? shouldnt be posing, sud be working, lol, nah all jokes aside, work that falla hard tangi. lol.
    cant wait for the next blog.

    all the best to youz out at sea.

    Renee Tamihana-Kuka

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