HMNZS Otago was heading south yesterday after making
another brief return to Otago Harbour during its mission
patrolling the Southern Ocean.
The Protector class offshore patrol vessel has been
monitoring fishing activities in the region, which involves
keeping an eye on the legal fishing fleet to ensure it is
complying with the Commission for the Conservation of
Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) rules.
It includes boarding and inspecting vessels, and gathering
evidence of illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing
Otago's commanding officer, Lieutenant-commander Rob
McCaw, said the vessel had made a scheduled return to Dunedin
on Saturday to refuel and replace the ship's two fisheries
officers with two newly rostered officers.
The vessel departed from the X/Y sheds again at 4pm
''Our return was for logistical reasons.''
Otago had to return to Dunedin earlier this month for
an unscheduled visit, following a ''medical incident'' on
Lt-cdr McCaw said the vessel had completed the first part of
its mission and was now headed for Fiordland for
''multi-agency tasking'' which included making sure boats in
the area had the correct fishing quotas and were not carrying
any unwanted algae and pests to the area.
Otago would be patrolling the Fiordland area during
the Christmas period, before returning to the Southern Ocean
to continue CCAMLR patrols as far south as the Ross Sea, he