Rodney Times : December 23rd 2010
6 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 23, 2010 NEWS Con n • G l v w • P v n n w c n n n • l l c n c l n 3284163AD M k n you T nkw Acqu S f m k oo n ! S u w b l c ll u n 0800 255 786 v u w 220A Bu R Alb n , Auc l n TASTE THE DIFFERENCE Acqu l v n u , x g n & v x g n n w . Acqu l u 2 n v n w n w n Seven of the best By CARALISE MOORE Naval display: Seven Royal New Zealand Navy ships grabbed the attention of Whangaparaoa Peninsula residents. Photo: LAC GRANT ARMISHAW NAVY PHOTOGRAPHIC UNIT Seven Royal New Zealand Navy ships were a formidable sight in formation as they came down the Waitemata Harbour, past the end of Whanga- paraoa Peninsula, to Devonport Naval Base on December 15. This year the navy received the last of its new ships under Project Protec- tor, the offshore patrol vessels HMNZS Otago and Wellington. The other ships participating in the fleet entry were the inshore patrol vessels HMNZS Pukaki, Rotoiti, Taupo and Hawea, and littoral support ship HMNZS Manawanui. With the arrival of the offshore patrol vessels, the naval patrol force is completed and fully operational,'' maritime component commander commodore Ross Smith says. The vessels play a significant role in the contribution to the security and the prosperity for all New Zealanders.'' HMNZS Otago and Wellington arrived into Auckland in April and July 2010 respectively, and between them have already spent 245 days at sea. The inshore patrol vessels have been busy around the coasts of New Zealand and have spent 546 days between them at sea which includes working with other government agencies like the Fisheries Ministry, Customs and Conservation Department. HMNZS Manawanui is a dive vessel and has spent 129 days at sea. The ships' decks were well lit for admirers during the night. Enlisted to help with deadly haul By DELWYN DICKEY Ten tonnes: That's the amount winched aboard the HMNZS Manawanui. Photos: FISHERIES MINISTRY Recovery operation: HMNZS Manawanui crew members attach winch ties to the drifting net off Kawau Island. ' We know nets can rip from time to time but it's unusual to find a piece of net that has become separated from the boat. ' Fisheries Ministry's Greg Keys About 10 tonnes of mostly dead fish were found in part of a commercial fishing net drifting 2.5 nautical miles south of Kawau Island on December 13. A trail of dead fish about three kilometres long was seen, the Fisheries Ministry says. A ministry patrol boat went to investigate, while the HMNZS Hawea also searched for the net, along with an air force Seasprite helicopter. Both defence units were on exercise in the area. An air force Orion also became involved in the search with crew members taking photo- graphs of the floating fish after it was spotted by the Hawea, the fisheries patrol vessel directed to it. The net was too heavy for the Hawea to lift, so HMNZS Manawa- nui arrived to take the net and its contents aboard. Some live fish recovered were returned to the sea, along with most of the dead ones. The net piece is about 10 metres long and is thought to have been in the water for only a day, Fisheries Ministry field operations manager Greg Keys says. Investigations are continu- ing. We know nets can rip but it's unusual to find a piece of net that has become separated from the boat,'' says Mr Keys who has not seen a similar incident in three years. At this time of year, snapper can be found in large concentrations rela- tively close to the shore. This follows a recent find of snapper off the Northland coast, which turned out to be from a commercial vessel.'' Fishers who find floating fish -- dead or alive -- should record the time and date, along with the location and species of fish and get a sample if possible. Call 0800-476-224 with any information.
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