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.

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.

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.

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.

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One Response to “15th January 2009”

  1. Chris Sheehan Says:

    Heh Guys

    Well I suppose your about half way into it by now and hopefully the fish are biting big , all the time… seeing a photo of my son cleaning a fish was truely something wonderous to behold and have proof of….nicks favourite job on his old boat used to be baiting the longline but he’s probably too shy to say……there are plenty of game fish showing up at the moment Nick with a lot of big blues…just got big bob all serviced so we will have to shoot up to Wanga when you get back….by the way you don’t realise it but you just bought a second hand, 1year old, 2 speed Tiagra 50W fully spooled for $650….. I told ya mum you bought it as I didn’t need another one….!!!! Poppa Joe hasn’t had any lures in the water yet so i’ll let you know how he gets on…well better go….by the way those new roses you planted just before ya left are going really well and ya Petunias and Pansies are really flourishing…. tight lines boys…..

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