Mackerel / Summer Ecosystem Survey 2016
|The route my boat is taking is the green line.|
|The view from my tiny plane.|
These boats make living and working at sea very comfortable. There is a "cinema room" and even a small gym. Our resident chef prepares delicious meals, and even a daily cake at 4PM to have with our coffee (which I learned to avoid three years ago to prevent weight gain HAHA). I was assigned the night shift: 2am - 8am and 2pm - 8pm. After a few days I found my rhytm and have even managed to work out sort of regularly.
|Bad weather in the beginning.|
|We sample 100 fish in total. We try our best to release the ones|
we know we won't get to as soon as possible.
|The fish are hoisted up to weigh the total catch|
before we sort out the different species.
|This guy hitched a ride with some|
seithe we caught in a deep pelagic
haul for blue whiting (kolmule)
I haven't spotted any whales or too many exciting things in the trawl. We've gotten a couple of wolf fish, one squid and lots of seithe. That's about as exciting as it got so far. Still, it's fun getting mackerel and seeing how far north the distribution has spread. I did get some bioluminescent plankton one night, but of course it was the one time I didn't have my phone on me to get a picture.
Today is the 26th, and I will be back in Bergen on the 31st, but we have to be in Tromsø by the 30th to load everything from our boat onto the other one. I'm excited to get back to Marius and get Pancho back home too.
|2:30AM and pulling in some fish on a calm morning.|
|Bjørnøya (Bear Island) in the distance.|