10 October 2009

This is the day Yogi turns 50! Happy half-a-century, Yogibear!

It is also the day we learned about the circle hook and de-hooking tuna longline vessels’ by-catch.

Circle or C-hooks versus traditional J-hooks for longliners

Circle or C-hooks versus traditional J-hooks for tuna longliners

Hafizh Adyas of WWF Indonesia oversees the By-catch Programme, and Rudy Masuswo Purwoko, a Bitung fisheries teacher and former WWF onboard observer, trains the Nutrindo tuna longliner crew about de-hooking by-catch, and what circle hooks are all about.

Rudy and Hafizh train the fishing crew of Nutrindo how to de-hook by-catch like turtles

Hafizh and Rudy train the fishing crew of Nutrindo how to de-hook by-catch like turtles

WWF Indonesia focuses on Onboard Observer Program in Bitung to help reduce the death of sea turtle by-catch and increasing the awareness of the fishing crew about releasing live by-catch.

Rudy demonstrating the use of a de-hooker to a longline fisherman

The dynamic duo Hafizh and Rudy gave a training to Nutrindo longliner crew, as the company has just bought new longline vessels.

Fisherman trainee correctly demonstrated the use of the de-hooker and showed understanding about c-hooks thereby receiving a c-hook T-shirt from WWF!

Fisherman trainee correctly demonstrated the use of the de-hooker and showed understanding about c-hooks thereby receiving a c-hook T-shirt from WWF!

With some more collaboration with WWF let’s hope that Nutrindo will be ready to use c-hooks.

Pak Napsar and his Nutrindo crew pose with us for a WWF portrait. Converting longliners one boat at a time may be a little hope of our turtles after all . . .

Pak Napsar and his Nutrindo crew pose with us for a WWF portrait. Converting longliners from using tradition j-hooks to c-hooks  one boat at a time may be a little hope of our turtles after all . . .

The dynamic duo Hafizh and Rudy gave a training to Nutrindo longliner crew as the company has just bought new longline vessels.