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Trawling krill for the first time

Calibrations are finished and we have left the penguins, seals and rusted old whaling stations of South Georgia behind. We started searching for krill and found them so fast the researchers hardly got to finish their meeting preparing how to handle the catch. 

ABOVE: Trawl out...


...trawl in.

- This is goeing into the trawl so easily it has to be krill, captain Preben Videnes says.
On the bridge up on the 5th deck he looks at the various echo sounder displays showing what goes into the trawl. Minutes earlier the echo sounders showed that the research vessel passed over what looked to be schools of krill. Preben ordered his crew to prepare the trawl.

Dag Nielsen digs through the krill searching for fish.

Bjørnar Ellertsen targeting the krill.

In the instrument room on deck four just below the bridge Rolf Korneliussen analyzes the information from the echo sounders. He is reasonable sure that the spots that show up on the eco sounders’ displays are schools of krill.

Most cruise participants were on deck to witness the first catch of krill being hauled up. Cruise leader Svein Iversen’s estimate is a catch of two tons. The trawl content is emptied on the trawel deck so that the fish researchers can look for fish in the large heap of pink krill. A shovel is used to sort through the krill. But the only fish found is an ice fish about five centimeters long.
- This was a great catch. We caught so much that the price per kilo of krill becomes reasonable, Iversen says.

One of two macekrel ice fishes found among the krill.
(Photo: Jaime Alvarez)