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.
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:
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:
The experienced tasting committee has given it full marks…