18th July 2009

At the start of setting each line, first the floats and GPS beacon are thrown over, then around 2 kilometers of down line to reach the bottom. Each end of a line is held by two 40kg anchors and two 40kg chains. Usually we work between four lines in the area we choose to fish. That is around 1.3 ton of anchors and chains that have to be manhandled about the deck every day just to hold each line so it doesn’t move. When the weather gets foul we put extra chain on the down lines to be sure they stay in position.

On their shift: Chevy (right) and Aaron are responsible for connecting everything together as it goes over the stern while setting. They need their wits about them, a rope turned about a wrist or a foot in the bite of a line would have them over the side in a flash.  For this reason that part of the setting operation is monitored by two closed circuit cameras and continuous voice communications monitored on the bridge. The skipper or 1st mate must watch and listen to every move while the stern doors are open for setting.

On their shift: Chevy (right) and Aaron are responsible for connecting everything together as it goes over the stern while setting. They need their wits about them, a rope turned about a wrist or a foot in the bite of a line would have them over the side in a flash. For this reason that part of the setting operation is monitored by two closed circuit cameras and continuous voice communications monitored on the bridge. The skipper or 1st mate must watch and listen to every move while the stern doors are open for setting.

Note: The lead core back bone or main line is to make the line sink faster and stay out of reach of foraging seabirds. We are proud to report we have not caught a single seabird during 11 years of Toothfish operations. The CCAMLR and MFish observers monitor our activity very closely when it comes to seabird safe fishing practice.

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One Response to “18th July 2009”

  1. Nevaeh Rose Says:

    Hi Daddy (Chevy)

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    Love you Bye Xxx

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