6th August 2009

90% of the fish we catch are Toothfish and the rest are classed as by-catch.

The main by-catch species we catch in South Georgia are Grenadier (Rat tail), Skate and Rays, Antimorid cod, Ice fish and a few Crabs.

The Grenadier are filleted and sold to the local market in Port Stanley,Falkland Isl.

The crews share of the sales money from that will go toward crew entertainment. One suggestion from the crew for this seasons “Rat Money” is to buy one of those fancy Media-gate hard drives so the team can watch a movie or mini series during meal times or shift change.  Most of the crew also have DVD players in their cabins.

Masa in the factory holding a Grenadier that he is about to fillet. We usually get a 20kg box of fillets from a days fishing.

Masa in the factory holding a Grenadier that he is about to fillet. We usually get a 20kg box of fillets from a days fishing.

Sue in the hauling room holding a large Spider Crab (Paralomis Formosa). We only catch about 10 of these a day and this is a reasonably big one. As a rule, all Crabs are removed from the hook and thrown back over the side, but sometimes we do keep a few for a feed. ( Sue hates Crabs...and it's a real pity I'm not allowed to show you some of the other shots I got while getting this one.....maybe latter when she's not watching).

Sue in the hauling room holding a large Spider Crab (Paralomis Formosa). We only catch about 10 of these a day and this is a reasonably big one. As a rule, all Crabs are removed from the hook and thrown back over the side, but sometimes we do keep a few for a feed. ( Sue hates Crabs...and it's a real pity I'm not allowed to show you some of the other shots I got while getting this one.....maybe latter when she's not watching).

Rgds: John B.

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2 Responses to “6th August 2009”

  1. Renee Bennett-Shields Says:

    Nice photo dad.
    For all those who dont know my mother it is IMPOSSIBLE to get a photo of her, she hates the camrea.lol good work. and she is smiling!
    u must have some other good ones there. cant wait to see them. hope the fishing is goin well
    Love u Both

  2. Sandy Paterson Says:

    Hi Dad,
    grandma gave us the link so we can see what you have been up to with your fishing. Hows it going arte you liking it? I haven’t heard from you for awhile so this is a good way now that I can. I am good I have been really busy withs chool and sports. I am playing rep basketball, hockey, and rugby and I have half a day off today to get ready to go to nelson tonight for a hockey tourny. Do you kow its my birthday soon? Mum said I can have a friend sleep over and we can go out for tea cos I had a real big party last year when I was 10 thats ok at least i can have one friend. Well i hope you get this and can send me back a letter.
    Love you and miss you
    Alex.

    Hi Sandy, Hows it all going?
    Hope the fishing i going well and the trip isn’t too tedious! Hows Teressa going back home with the kids bet they will be missing you all by now 😦 Not much to report at this end Alex has told you most of it.. He is doing really well at school finally has a teacher that has picked up on some things that I have always had issues with and its getting sorted now but its just a shame that its taken this long but he has been going from stregth to stregth now with the right channels in place.
    W3ell best carry on and go make sure Alex’s bags are all packed ready to drop him off to the bus.. Take care and be good to hear from you when you can !!!
    Vic

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