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|Fishing Update from Factory Manager Eric MacKenzie on 13th April 2014 |
At present we have just over 11 tonnes to go to finish the Tristan quota for this season. This includes the fish caught on the first 2 days of April. We are currently waiting for the Baltic Trader to depart before hopefully finishing the quota before end of April. Any fish left in the water after that will probably be mopped up by the Edinburgh when she comes down next month. Average landings have shown a pleasing increase over last season and we are hoping that by using 12 boats for the full season next year we will be able to finish the quota earlier if the weather plays along. To date we have only fished 42 days which is not a lot when you consider the season has been open already a full 9 months!
|Fishing Update from Factory Manager Erik MacKenzie on 8th February 2014 |
Landings to the end of January are quite disappointing as we have only had four fishing days between December and January so the advantage we had built up by end November is now all but gone. 28 days fishing between 1 July and 31 January is just not good enough and we are going to have to look at the possibility of using the Edinburgh again to catch the last of this year's quota. We still have a balance of 45 tonnes in the water and with January landings being quite low we have to look at alternatives.
|Competition Winners |
The winners of the competition to name the two new Tristan powerboats have been announced by Erik MacKenzie are:
Albatross Bay from Asturias (Tordy) Repetto and Atlantic Sunrise from Drew Campbell
Erik will present the prizes soon and we hope to have a photo of this ceremony on the site before long. See also the details of the competition and photos of the new powerboats below.
|Fishing Report |
From Factory Manager Erik MacKenzie on 8th November
October ended up being a very good month after a nice start. Over 8 days we landed just over 40 tonnes of lobster - great to see so many 5 tonne days after a rather poor start to the season. The fish - as usual for this time of year - were in very good condition with cold water and cool weather conditions contributing to good live recovery.
The lobster started biting well just after we had loaded our first production of the season onto Baltic Trader so we had plenty of space available in the cold store. We have so far packed a good mix of Sashimi, whole raw and cooked frozen as well as tails with a limited amount of lobster heads which is a fairly new line for us, but proving popular. We hope to increase the number of heads during the season as tail production increases.
November has not treated us well so far as we are still waiting for the weather to give us a break, but hope that catches will be good when we eventually get out to the grounds. Two new fishing boats are on the Edinburgh and we hope to get them off this weekend. As soon as we have done sea trials, put the gear on board and got them licensed we will add them to the fleet.
From Factory Manager Erik MacKenzie on 8th October
The new season has unfortunately not seen many fishing days so far. The weather has been poor and only 10 days have been fished so far between 1st July - 30th September. Things started off very slowly, but the tallies have been improving slightly as the season progresses. There has been 26.6 tonnes landed so far which is less than we were hoping for, but is not all that unusual for this time of year.
The quality of the lobster to date has been excellent and we are managing to keep a high percentage of our catch live for keeping in the holding tanks until they are purged and ready for further processing into Sashimi, raw frozen or cooked product.
We now have half the fleet towing around the small rubber boats to hold their catch in the water until collection by the ferry. This is proving to be very successful so far and we are seeing very encouraging results which we hope to maintain when the weather warms up later in the year and when we start struggling to keep the lobster in peak condition.