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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

2012 Blue Whiting Survey - Day 7


Location: 107 nmi west of Achill island.

We fished again during the night. This time we were fishing on much stronger marks than on the day before.
.Net coming in during the night

We got our sample of blue whiting, along with a mix of several different species of mesopelagic fish. Again, the blue whiting were mature, spawning fish.


Sample from the catch ready in the wetlab.
We are now steaming east towards the Irish coast. The Dutch research vessel, the RV Tridens, is steaming along a parallel course, 20 nmi to the south of us. The Russian research vessel, the RV Fridjof Nansen, is steaming west along a transect  to the north of us.

The weather is sunny, with flat calm seas. You couldn’t ask for better surveying weather, particularly in March. We have carried out this survey in Force 12 winds in the past. This certainly makes a pleasant change.
Sundown on the Celtic Explorer
 
Fog during the day has made our MMO’s job more difficult, but his patience was rewarded with a sighting of seven common dolphins passing the ship in the late evening.

One final note - As I write, the Norwegian vessel, the FV Brennholm, has arrived and has taken up position to the South, between us and the Dutch.

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