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  • Blog Post: What ever the weather allows

    After a few days of moving back and forth along South Georgia's north coast doing surveys, picking up supplies and meeting the British Schools Exploring Society, we had a long and rather bumpy night sail right round the west of the island and down along the south coast. Here we are more exposed...
  • Blog Post: An exciting second trip

    As my most recent trip on a trawl vessel started, we left the port of Mar del Plata into an enormous storm. However, I felt pretty good about everything and kept my thoughts to the task in hand. The trip took us back to the same fishing area that I visited last time, but the target species had changed...
  • Blog Post: Getting ready

    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...
  • Blog Post: Making the best of a bad situation

    Unfortunately seabirds caught as byctach in pelagic longline fisheries are generally only brought onboard once they are already dead (they are hooked and drown during the set when lines sink into the water). In Uruguay birds killed at sea are returned to the laboratory for analysis. By doing so we can...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: A really special place

    Jordan Cove, Bird Island, South Georgia Thick fog at sea. Looming frighteningly close to the Golden Fleece are not Shag Rocks, but a small iceberg, milky blue in the frozen stillness. Moments later, dark rocks slip past, clamouring with seabirds, legions of two-tone, creamy-black cormorants and...
  • Blog Post: Appalling numbers

    My God... let me tell you that this is not an easy job... it really is not, but it must be done with courage, persistence and with good heart. I persist with the local fishermen and captains in order to instruct them why they should adopt the tori lines and the other mitigation measures. It is hard...
  • Blog Post: Such is life at sea!

    Our trips at-sea don’t always turn out to be happy experiences, and we don’t always achieve our objectives when we get onboard a vessel. My last sea-trip was testament to this. It began in Puerto Madryn from where many Argentinean trawler vessels weigh anchor. We set off on May 4 and sailed...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Making a difference vessel by vessel

    Hello friends of the seabirds, This year has been amazing; rough seas, wonderful birds, good boat crews and a lot of positive energy within the Brazilian Albatross Task Force team. The challenges faced working onboard have been the most difficult we’ve faced so far, testing a combination...
  • Blog Post: Never a dull moment

    We have 75 confirmed attendees for the hake longline workshop this week, which includes boat owners, skippers, crew and representatives from Marine and Coastal Management. I’m looking forward to building a relationship with this group. Currently, this type of longline sinks very slowly, and the...
  • Blog Post: A small success

    On 14 August, I drove from Cape Town to Mossel Bay (a small port on our eastern Cape coast) through storm-ravaged countryside to join an inshore hake trawl vessel. The following morning, Rowan the skipper welcomed me onboard his 15-metre, 48-tonne vessel with a crew of eight. I had a few trepidations...
  • Blog Post: Alternative use for a traffic cone

    My most recent trip lasted 24 days, many of which we suffered some bad weather. The fishing master was targeting big eye tuna and sharks. As for seabirds, we had 17 species around the vessels as we worked and a single black-browed albatross was hooked during the haul. Lines were set on 11 days during...
  • Blog Post: Good publicity

    I am back on land now. The 'Saxon' docked in Cape Town Harbour on Sunday afternoon. The next day, I came back to the harbour where they were offloading their catch to deliver the tori line I promised them and also give them some T-shirts. These shirts cry in big red letters 'SAVE THE ALBATROSS'...
  • Blog Post: The impact of trawlers on albatrosses

    Barry and I spend as much time on deck as possible. Our main work is monitoring interactions between seabirds and the two warp cables at the stern. To do this, we sit for hours on end on the 'catwalk', a raised metal gantry above the stern of the boat. Barry's work has shown that it is...
  • Blog Post: Hard to change a habit

    At this time of the year when we go to sea, we get a bit apprehensive because of the changing weather patterns. As it happened, while we were preparing to leave for sea the wind suddenly turned to the south-west. So we had to wait and depart the next day. We went to monitor an 'albatross-friendly...
  • Blog Post: It's going to be quite an adventure

    I'm Olly Watts - I work for the RSPB, BirdLife's UK partner. I've always loved the outdoors and it's sometimes maddening to find myself desk-bound, working as a policy officer on climate change and peatland conservation. I've been with the RSPB for over 14 years, working in both...
  • Blog Post: Educating commercial and recreational fishermen to handle seabirds safely

    This month I thought it would be a good idea to follow on from one of my Brazilian colleague’s diaries which highlighted the poor attitude of some fishermen towards seabirds. His diary can be found here , as a reminder of the problem. I have only ever seen one or two birds with broken bills...
  • Blog Post: A brilliant send-off

    At the start of April I spent a couple of weeks on the Falkland Islands – they are a wildlife haven, with many penguin colonies, and also the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world, at around 113,000 breeding pairs. The plight of the albatross receives a high profile on the islands...
  • Blog Post: A long and eventful month

    Three weeks after coming back from South America (January entry) I packed my bags and flew to the east coast of South Africa where I was planned to go to sea on a swordfish longliner for a two week trip. The week before the trip I spent in one of the jewel spots of South Africa, Sodwana Bay, the only...
  • Blog Post: Scaring birds = saving birds

    We are at an important moment for the team. Finding a bird-scaring line design for the Uruguayan fleet that works for their operations has been a worry for us since we started. We have been working to try and raise awareness of the seabird issue with them and developing ideas to stop the mortality of...
  • Blog Post: The benefits of a tori line

    Late August and early September saw me on the Godetia, owned by Irvin and Johnson: a 56-metre wet-fish trawler. The objective of this cruise was to compare how seabirds interacted with and without flying a tori line whilst offal was discarded. The number of different types of birds around was low, but...
  • Blog Post: From the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean

    Good fishing... We are a little below parallel of 30º S next to the meridian 48º W. The sea is in such a hard way and we are sailing in direction to a cold front that approaches. The unusual meeting with another longline fishing vessel, also from Itajaí Port, the FV Ipe VI, brought a...
  • Blog Post: Continuing where we left off

    After the trip to Namibia in October where we learnt from interviewing skippers that seabird bycatch may be a problem, we decided to head back and continue what we had started. Now it was time to go to sea and see what really happens there. I spent four weeks in the town of Luderitz in southern Namibia...
  • Blog Post: Let me get my sea-legs first!

    We left Halley on Monday and are heading north towards South Georgia. When we left it was -25 degrees C, and we could watch the sea freeze over, so it was definitely time to go! It was sad to leave, but the journey ahead will be great. The first day of sailing was through the ice, so very calm, if...