Blog post

Joe: Mackerel, deep sea and nothing at all

Published on
April 4, 2012

Haul 9 was all mackerel and boarfish, including a couple of horse mackerel as well.

These boarfish are sometimes a pest for fishermen because they can greatly damage the catch because of their large spines and rough skin, but some some trawlers are now targeting this species for fish meal production.


Mackerel and boarfish
Mackerel and boarfish
The deep sea haul done on April 2nd was a success. Many different deep sea species were caught, including a couple that are new to this survey. A relatively large amount of black scabbardfish were caught, as well as three deep sea sharks, out  of which one was still alive and was put back into the water.
crew on deck
crew on deck
Black scabberdfish
Black scabberdfish
Joe, Nigel and the sharks
Joe, Nigel and the sharks
New species for the book
New species for the book
Deep shea sharks
Deep shea sharks
Zonneschoren is noorder wind geboren
Zonneschoren is noorder wind geboren

About 10 hours later, when we were nearly finished with sorting out the deep sea haul, a force 10 hit us from the north east and because we had to follow the transect it was hitting us from the side making the ship feel like the fairground attraction ‘miami trip’. Everything was flying around the place. By the next day things were calm again and it looks like we are in for another spell of good weather.

Haul 11 was virtually composed of blue whiting only, containing only 10 mesopelagic fish.