Search Get involved
PLACES TO VISIT
Albatross Task Force
Browse by Tags
There are loads of fun ways you can help nature with the RSPB... Share your experiences here.
Results for at sea, mitigation
View more results:
Albatross Task Force
Stranded at sea
I have recently done three consecutive at-sea trips in order to test mitigation measures that reduce seabird by catch, so I have a lot of stories to tell! The trips were aboard the 18 m long, wooden longliner Anarthur. The Anarthur’s skipper is called Darke, who works in collaboration with Projeto...
22 Jul 2011
A helping hand in Ushuaia: New tori lines for the longline fleet
Last week, the ATF in Argentina sent a package to Ushuaia, where the fishing vessel Antartic III from fishing company Estremar S.A. was waiting. In the package were two sets of specially designed tori lines that resulted from ATF tests aboard the vessel this year. The use of tori lines is now obligatory...
5 Dec 2011
Experiencing extremes in the south west Atlantic!
Hi everybody! Last month I returned from my last trip at-sea here in southern Brazil, on board a pelagic longliner. The cruise was amazing, and in addition to the success in obtaining data on our mitigation measure research, I experienced incredible and magic moments. The fishing area was the continental...
7 Jan 2013
A life history that deserves respect
Without doubt, the albatross are one of the groups of seabirds that need our greatest conservation effort. Commercial fisheries, through incidental capture, have generated a huge impact in many populations and almost all the species are currently in danger of extinction. As they spend the main part of...
1 Dec 2011
Hook Pod trials in Brazil
Hi everybody, For sure, when you see this post I will be at sea, as I am setting off in an hour's time (18th June). I’m going to sea for the first of several fishing trips that have been arranged to evaluate the performance of the Hook Pod in the Brazilian pelagic longline fishery. The...
18 Jun 2013
Collaborating with the crew to refine bird-scaring lines
For this blog I am posting on behalf of my friend and colleague Rodrigo Forselledo: Rodrigo wrote the following: As Sebastian is enjoying a short period in the UK, I have taken on his ATF duties in Uruguay. On my first pelagic longline trip I started testing the new design of the bird-scaring...
18 Oct 2012
Line sink rate experiments on a Namibian longliner
Working aboard a hake longliner in Namibia is a tough life for everyone aboard. The hours are long and gruelling. I would say longline crew are amongst the hardest working people in Namibia and always battling against difficult sea conditions. I have just spent the last two weeks on board to compare...
12 Jul 2012
At-sea with friends at the end of the world!
As an instructor with the Albatross Task Force in Argentina, I embarked for 45 days aboard a pelagic (mid-water) trawl vessel that targets whip-tailed hake, also known as "hoki" ( Macruronus magellanicus ). The ship sailed from the port city of Ushuaia - at the end of the world! On this...
15 Jan 2013
Did one bad apple spoil the bunch? An analogy of one fisherman
The ATF in South Africa is working to disseminate seabird conservation information and to demonstrate best practice measures on board vessels to reduce seabird bycatch. Conducting research on board local and foreign fishing vessels is a large part of that process. Research findings are made available...
25 Sep 2012
© The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Charity registered in England and Wales no 207076, in Scotland no SC037654.
Terms & conditions