Albatross Task Force
Andrea Angel and Reason Nyengera worked with Victor Ngcongo from Imvelo observer agency on the deployment of a bird-scaring line electronic monitoring device. The device is under development and will be able to record whether a bird-scaring line is deployed or not and assist with compliance in all fleets. Reason engaged WWF-SA with a proposal to collaborate on the electronic monitoring project consisting of on-board video imagery as an alternative or supplement to at-sea fisheries observer programmes in the offshore trawl fleet. The aim is to position cameras that focus on the trawl cables and record the presence or absence of seabird interaction with these, as well as the use of bird-scaring lines during trawl operations. Alistair McInnes attended a briefing meeting with Junaid Francis from the Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA) in preparation for the RFA Steering Committee meeting later in the month.
Alistair drafted a document summarising the status of and recommendations coming from the African Penguin island closure initiative which will be used in a ministerial briefing document.
Mouse Free Marion Project
Andrea worked with the new Mouse Free Marion website manager Jacques Scheepers on transferring the management of the site. She also liaised with UCT colleagues on the genetic analysis of Lesser Sheathbill samples that will look into comparing inter-island diversity and taxonomy in the Southern Ocean. This analysis will determine the level of endemism between Lesser Sheathbill populations.
Gough Island Restoration Project
Nini van der Merwe departed on the Agulhas II for the first voyage of this project to Gough Island where she will assist the Gough Island Restoration Project team.