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The Tristan Times - Tristan da Cunha
The online newspaper of Tristan da Cunha
  Issue No. 573 Online Edition Monday 20 October 2014 
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Tristan : Extreme Fishing where is Robson Green when you need him!
Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass) 30.03.2011 (Article Archived on 25.05.2011)

With more than 1614 penguins currently at the rehab centre, on Tristan to be fed and no imported fish, the Tristanians have to go and catch whitefish, mostly the Yellowtail and Five-finger.

Extreme Fishing where is Robson Green when you need him!

With more than 1614 penguins currently at the rehab centre, on Tristan to be fed and no imported fish, the Tristanians have to go and catch whitefish, mostly the Yellowtail and Five-finger. The last few days have been strong winds and hailswails with a confused sea, but this has not deferred the keen fishermen from going to sea. On Tuesday 29th March Cliff Swain caught a Long fin Tuna, he was catching from the barge with fellow islanders Andrew Green, Grant Green, Mark Swain and Duncan Larverello, and they also landed 16 Yellowtail. In the other barge were Larry Swain, Gavin Green, Gary Repetto and Shaun Green, they caught 10 Yellowtail and 110 Five-fingers, not bad for a few hours fishing, especially given how bad the weather was.

Each penguin needs approximately 200g of fish (raw meat weight) each, the crews from the boats catch and fillet the fish and then deliver the fillets to the Fisheries and Conservation office lab, where they are cut into chocolate size squares, from here they are taken by another team and up to 8 cubes of fresh fish are fed to each penguin.

The tug Singapore departed Cape Town yesterday and is carrying 16mt of pilchards for the penguins, although this will not be enough for the amount thought to be affected, therefore the islanders will continue to fish, until more fish can be arranged.

 

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