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  • Bob Conrich
    Shipping News Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass) 27.11.2007 On Wednesday 21st November the fishing vessel Viking Bay returned to Tristan da Cunha to
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 27, 2007
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      Shipping News
      Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass)
      27.11.2007

      On Wednesday 21st November the fishing vessel Viking Bay returned to
      Tristan da Cunha to collect Jose Parada and for another injury crewmen
      Abraham Velgas to see the doctor.

      Viking Bay Departs Tristan

      On Wednesday 21st November the fishing vessel Viking Bay returned to
      Tristan da Cunha to collect Jose Parada and for another injury crewmen
      Abraham Velgas to see the doctor. After receiving attention by Doctor
      Carl, both returned to the vessel later in the day. Norman Glass the
      fishery Observer also left the vessel and will return to Cape Town on
      the Kelso early next month. The vessel did not have a very successful
      trip and is now heading to fishing grounds in the Indian Ocean, where
      she hopes catches will be better.




      M.V. Kelso

      The M.V. Kelso departed Cape Town on Friday the 23rd and is expected
      to arrive at Gough Island, then Tristan on Thursday the 29th, weather
      dependant. She is carrying the last mail for this year (which
      includes the Christmas) and will return to Cape Town via Gough Island
      early next month.
    • bobconrich
      MV Edinburgh s eventful trip MV Edinburgh departed Cape Town on 20th April arrived on the evening of Thursday 26th April to unload passengers which included
      Message 2 of 3 , May 8, 2012
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        MV Edinburgh's eventful trip

        MV Edinburgh departed Cape Town on 20th April arrived on the evening of Thursday 26th April to unload passengers which included returning medevacs and Tristan's newest resident Islander Aiden Lindsay Repetto with parents Eugene Repetto and Kirsty Green following his birth in Cape Town on 13th April.

        Sea conditions at Calshot Harbour were difficult so two RIBs met Edinburgh off the south-east of the island and here transferred passengers, mail and some luggage, arriving ashore about 7pm as it was getting dark.

        Also on board were copies of the February 2012 Tristan da Cunha Newsletter now distributed to every family. It is hoped the August edition reaches the island more quickly and doesn't again 'miss the boat'.

        MV Edinburgh then fished the remaining Tristan quota before returning to Cape Town on the afternoon Friday 4th May. The return trip once again emphasised the difficulty of securing passages to and from Tristan da Cunha as all twelve berths were taken by Islanders, (mainly Medevacs en route to Cape Town) so botanist Jim McIntosh had to give up his planned trip awaiting another opportunity and hoping it will before the planned return of MV Edinburgh in June.

        See photos of the ship at http://www.tristandc.com/newsshipping.php

        ........................................


        Fishing News Update from James Glass on 7th May 2012

        As winter approaches the Tristan Islanders prepare for the winter storms by bringing up all the fishing boats from the harbour side, both for safety reasons (as high seas often engulf the harbour*) and to do maintenance ready for the start of the new season which starts on the 1st July.

        All quotas at the Tristan group had been completed, however the islanders were unable to land the Tristan TAC of 185 tonnes before the 30th April, when they prefer to stop, and give the lobster time to regroup. Another reason is to leave the female 'berry animals' time to release their eggs without any disturbance, and this is why Islanders only fish in daylight.

        The MV Edinburgh mopped up the remainder of the Tristan TAC of 10.4 tonnes during the late April - early May visit.

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        * The entire harbour area - both the wet and dry parts.

        TAC means Total Allowable Catch. The above may be confusing to some. It says all quotas were completed but the TAC wasn't. The TAC is allotted between the islanders, fishing from small boats, and Ovenstone, using large scale industrial equipment.

        As the islanders were unable to land their entire share of the TAC, the remainder was transferred to, and landed by, the Edinburgh.

        Bob
      • bobconrich
        Shipping News and Fishing Update Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass) 15.10.2012 The MV Edinburgh is due to depart Tristan on Tuesday the 16th October
        Message 3 of 3 , Oct 21, 2012
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          Shipping News and Fishing Update
          Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass)
          15.10.2012


          The MV Edinburgh is due to depart Tristan on Tuesday the 16th October
          (weather permitting), she had been fishing at the Tristan group since
          her arrival on the 30th August. Since then, she has done independent
          biomass lobster surveys at Tristan, Inaccessible, Nightingale and
          Gough island.

          She has also done test fishing at Nightingale during September and
          October, to monitor the recovery of the stock that was badly damage
          last year when 65,000mt of soya was spilled due to the wreck of the
          bulk carrier Oliva on the 16th March 2011.

          In between doing all the research, the Edinburgh has also being
          commercial fishing at Inaccessible and Gough Island where 56% and 43%
          respectively, of their Total Allowable Catch (TAC's) for the 2012/13
          season has been caught so far.

          Fishing at Tristan by the local boats has also being going well with
          25% of the TAC, being landed to date.
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