High Seas Deployments (February 2017)

25 February 2015

CapFish with their consortium partner (MRAG)
has successfully bid for the renewal of the IOTC Tuna transhipment programme. Both the IOTC and ICCAT programmes are now active into 2018. Currently there are 10 international deployments in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans under these contracts between CapFish, CapMarine and MRAG. The Consortium has also successfully bid for the South Georgia Observer programme and deployments are starting for the 2017 season. CapMarine is deploying observers in CCAMLR waters on UK-Flagged vessels fishing for Patagonian Toothfish.

There is also currently up to 8 CapFish Observers deployed in the Southern Ocean (CCAMLR) either as fisheries Observers or Document Officers (DOCs) [a requirement for Australian Flagged vessels licensed through the Australian Fisheries Management Authority]. These deployments require our observers to monitor and sample under the CCAMLR conservation protocols. Deployments are taking place mostly in the Ross Sea and Southern Ocean and also in the South African EEZ around the Prince Edward Islands (two RSA- Flagged vessels).

CapFish is also contracted to the Belize High Seas Fisheries Unit and currently has completed 3 observer deployments in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean sectors on tuna longliners. In addition we have conducted the first UK based deployment on licensed tuna longliners of Ascension Island (currently active)

Humback (Angolan Waters Jan 2011) MMO - P. Augustyn

Humpback Pod - Saldanha Bay May 2013 (MMO - P. Augustyn)