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My first trip with the ATF...
I’m telling you about my first at-sea experience as ATF Instructor on a freshie trawler (the catch is stored fresh on ice) departing from Mar del Plata in October 2009. During the first trip, about 5 days of work, I understood how to apply the at-sea protocol in my new job. I was very nervous before...
20 Jan 2010
Hi everyone, I'm writing to explain about how I've been spending the last few months on an important activity for all Task Force teams - helping to train local fishery observers. I've been working with the local Fisheries Institute (Instituto de Fomento Pesquero, IFOP) to develop workshops...
20 Jul 2010
ATF South Africa join cruise ship MSC Opera to raise awareness for seabird conservation
Every year BirdLife South Africa gathers a congregation of very knowledgeable scientists and birders to discuss issues around bird conservation. This annual gathering has since been coined ‘FLOCK’ and it is BirdLife South Africa’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). This year, however was...
20 Mar 2013
South Pacific Bulletin: Connecting the Albatross Task Force across the globe
Our work in the ATF generally brings us into close contact with the community, without which we would not be able to explain the phenomenon of seabird bycatch and our mission to reduce the impact on vulnerable species (see here for an example ). During these activities we always share our experiences...
14 Feb 2013
Do it yourself!
During the last month I was at-sea aboard a wet fish trawl vessel - a kind of trawler that keeps the catch fresh on ice instead of processing and blast-freezing like the industrial trawlers. We sailed out of the port in Mar del Plata where I live in the north east of Argentina. The crew were already...
29 Mar 2012
They also have the right to live
Among the activities that we conduct as ATF instructors, working with the crew aboard fishing vessels is the most difficult to accurately quantify. We can identify a seabird to species or sub-species level, record the exact times of fishing operations, statistically demonstrate the efficiency of mitigation...
14 May 2013
When bad weather comes, so do the birds…
For many years leaving port on a Friday was seen as bad luck. Apparently not so on the Isabella Marine as this South African hake trawler leaves Cape Town harbour on a weekly basis, every Friday. This also appears to be regardless of the weather expected, which along the coast of Cape Town can result...
1 Oct 2013
At-sea with the purse seine fleet in Peru
This blog was written by Sergio Pingo Paiva for ProDelphinus. Going to sea on the north coast of Peru is always very exciting as with each trip comes many surprises. These waters are rich in biodiversity due to the influence of cold currents from the south and tropical currents from the north. ...
22 Oct 2013
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