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Herring city

Published on
July 3, 2012

Yesterday, Monday 2.7., we entered what can only be described as “Herring City”: continuous herring aggregations stretching over a distance of 20-25 nmi could be seen on the echogram at 57º41’N between 0º50’W and 0º20’W.

The famous “AUSSETZEN - AUSSETZEN” soon aired through the ship’s intercom and two hauls were shot in relatively short succession. The herring aggregations contained some big, typical pillar-shaped schools, the tallest of them were up to 50m high.

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One of these bigger schools got hit by the trawl just towards the end of the catch process, resulting in a good 7 bags full of herring.

During hauling, the cod end of the net popped to the surface and could already be seen a fair distance away from the ship:

During hauling, the cod end of the net popped to the surface and could already be seen a fair distance away from the ship

The hold was completely filled with herring:

Willem, Momo and Hendrik Jan got stuck into sampling the catch straight away.

Of course all this herring makes you hungry. Luckily, the herring caught during the survey guarantee a constant supply of fresh ‘maatjes’ available on board.

They are a welcome pre-dinner (or any other time…) snack:

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The experienced tasting committee has given it full marks…