Royal Navy sailors inspect fishing vessel

AB Roberts and AB Bownas head off on HMS Protector's sea boat as the ice patrol ship conducted a fishing vessel inspection. Picture: PO(Phot) Si Ethell
AB Roberts and AB Bownas head off on HMS Protector's sea boat as the ice patrol ship conducted a fishing vessel inspection. Picture: PO(Phot) Si Ethell
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SAILORS on board the Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship have carried out their first inspection of a fishing vessel in Antarctic waters.

HMS Protector met the fishing vessel while on patrol in Antarctic waters and made arrangements to carry out the inspection.

It was conducted under the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), which has the primary objective to conserve the marine living resources of the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica. It was the first time that a Royal Navy ship has carried out a formal CCAMLR inspection in Antarctic waters.

Lieutenant Max Parsonson said: ‘What we found was a clean, professionally run vessel with a friendly crew, so our tasking was straightforward on this occasion.’