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A different perspective on seabirds and humans
Since we began our community outreach work in the port city of Talcahuano, we have had enthusiastic participation and profound attention on behalf of the local children. "Bycatch" is a new term for many people and the range of marine species is a lot to take in for those unfamiliar with fisheries...
14 Aug 2012
An important step forward for seabirds in Chile!
There has been a distinct contrast in the background scenery to the work we have been conducting in Chile recently. Personally, I have been just as busy working at-sea on fishing vessels as I have generating awareness of our work through an ornithology congress and public talks. The first of these...
30 Nov 2011
First trawler trip for ATF Chile
This was my first trip on a trawl vessel in Chile, with a fleet that targets common hake. We set off from the San Vincent port in the central southern part of Chile (around Latitude 36°S). The vessel is an industrial trawler and is pretty large, measuring 60 m which is much larger than the smaller...
27 Aug 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
Ninety days at sea, part 1: my first trip!
Back in July, we set sail from the port of Coquimbo in Chile with the challenge of studying mitigation measure design and the associated reduction of seabird bycatch. Historically, bycatch has been particularly high on the vessel that I have now joined for the next three months. This has been due, we...
19 Nov 2009
Research and collaboration
In the first six months of the fishing season, I have mainly been focussed on getting the mitigation research plan up and running for the pelagic longline fishery. This fleet targets swordfish from the port of Coquimbo and currently includes seven vessels. The research plan has the comparison of two...
2 Sep 2009
A nervous and worried start
I have been on the high seas fishing vessel Tami S II. It is the largest and most modern longliner of the Chilean pelagic fleet. This factory freezer vessel is 53 m long and can remain at sea for three to four month periods, setting lines of 60 nautical miles, each holding over 1,700 baited hooks. ...
12 Nov 2007
I have been meeting people and filling up my brain with lots of info in readiness for my new task. I can say that I understand the fishing industries and their impacts on seabirds better. I have learned more about the important fishing areas in Chile, the different fishing techniques used for the different...
22 Aug 2007
A unique and exciting experience
First, allow me to introduce myself. My background is quite international: I was born in Mexico to a father from Chile and a mother from Brazil. I grew up in Israel, in a kibbutz up north. There I studied at The Environmental High School located in the desert at Sede Boker. Following military service...
5 May 2006
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