Experimental evaluation of the effectiveness of weighting regimes in reducing seabird by-catch in the longline toothfish fishery around South Georgia

first_imgA series of experiments was carried out in February 1999 at South Georgia (Subarea 48.3) to examine the effects of different weighting regimes on the incidental mortality of birds caught on longlines fishing for toothfish (Dissostichus spp.). Three regimes were examined, with weights of 4.25,8.5 and 12.75 kg attached at 40 m intervals on a Spanishrigged longline. There was a significant reduction in bird mortality when 8.5 kg was usedcompared to 4.25 kg, but no further significant reduction when 12.75 kg was used. Therefore to minimise seabird by-catch, line-weighting regimes of at least 8.5 kg at 40 mintervals should be used. Results suggested that seabird by-catch on lines using effective weighting regimes may be even further reduced where all lines being set in the vicinity use effective line-weighting regimes. The importance of a good design in experiments of this type is emphasised, because even though conditions may be held as constant as possible within experiments, the ability to separate treatment effects from other sources ofvariation (e.g. environmental factors) must be preserved.last_img read more

Alston, Jessup lead Boise State over BYU in OT 72-68

first_imgNovember 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Alston, Jessup lead Boise State over BYU in OT 72-68 Tags: Boise State Broncos/BYU Cougars Basketball/Derrick Alston/Justinian Jessup Written by Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBOISE, Idaho (AP) — Derrick Alston had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Justinian Jessup scored seven of his nine points in overtime and Boise State defeated BYU 72-68 on Wednesday night.Alston scored the Broncos’ first four points in overtime but it was Jessup who gave Boise State (2-2) the lead for good with a 3-pointer. He added a steal and dunk plus two free throws.Jessup was only 3 of 13 from the floor — 1 of 9 in regulation — and his only 3-pointer was just the third for Boise State on 19 attempts. But the Broncos were 19 of 27 at the free-throw line to BYU’s 5 of 7.Boise State’s RJ Williams added 18 points on 6-of-6 shooting before fouling out with 1:48 left in regulation, which ended at 58-all after neither team scored in the final 1½ minutes.Alston, who posted his first career double-double, became the first Bronco ever to score at least 20 points in each of the first four games of a season.Jake Toolson scored 19 points and TJ Haws, who was 0-for-8 from the arc, and Connor Harding scored 10 each for BYU (3-2).last_img read more

Malaysia: MMEA to Mobilise Ships and Fast Boats to Protect Nation’s Waters During Aidilfitri

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Malaysia: MMEA to Mobilise Ships and Fast Boats to Protect Nation’s Waters During Aidilfitri View post tag: Navy Malaysia: MMEA to Mobilise Ships and Fast Boats to Protect Nation’s Waters During Aidilfitri The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will mobilise two ships and three fast boats to protect the nation’s waters against intrusi…(Bernama)[mappress]Source: bernama, August 18, 2011; View post tag: Boats View post tag: waters View post tag: fast View post tag: Aidilfitri View post tag: Malaysia View post tag: ships August 18, 2011 View post tag: Nation’s Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: protect View post tag: MMEA View post tag: during View post tag: Mobilise View post tag: Navallast_img read more

USA: General Dynamics Lands LPDs Contract

first_img View post tag: lands USA: General Dynamics Lands LPDs Contract View post tag: DYNAMICS View post tag: Navy General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. has been awarded a $29,238,918 modification to a previously awarded contract.The contract includes shakedown availability of USS San Diego (LPD 22) and the fitting-out availability of USS Anchorage (LPD 23).Specific efforts incorporate program management, planning, engineering, design, liaison, scheduling, labor, and procurement of incidental material in support of the post shakedown availability and fitting out availability.USS Anchorage (LPD-23), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Anchorage, Alaska.Anchorage’s keel was laid down on 24 September 2007, at the Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans, Louisiana, back then owned by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. The ship was launched on 12 February 2011. She was christened two months later, on 14 May – the first ship christened by Huntington Ingalls Industries since Northrop Grumman spun off its ship-building divisions as a separate company. The ship’s sponsor is Annette Conway, wife of former Marine Corps Commandant General James T. Conway.PCU San Diego (LPD-22), a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for San Diego, California. The city is the home of Naval Base San Diego, the Navy’s largest base in the Pacific, and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, the United States Marine Corps’ west coast recruit training center. The ship is designed to deliver a fully equipped Marine battalion of 699 officers and enlisted men.The work will be performed in San Diego, California and is expected to be completed by December 2014.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 22, 2012; Image: lpd22 View post tag: LPDs Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: General Dynamics Lands LPDs Contract View post tag: General March 22, 2012 Industry news View post tag: Naval View post tag: contract View post tag: News by topic View post tag: usa Share this articlelast_img read more

USS Chancellorsville Finishes Live-Fire Exercise

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Chancellorsville Finishes Live-Fire Exercise View post tag: USS Training & Education April 10, 2013 View post tag: Live-fire USS Chancellorsville Finishes Live-Fire Exercise View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Exercisecenter_img View post tag: finishes View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense Sailors aboard the Ticonderoga class guided-missile Cruiser USS Chancellorsville(CG 62) completed a live-fire test of the ship’s enhanced Aegis Combat System, during an at-sea test scenario April 2.Chancellorsville launched one Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) at an aerial drone where Aegis successfully detected, tracked and engaged the medium-altitude subsonic drone.This was the first time the upgraded Aegis weapon system developed by Lockheed Martin, also known as Baseline 9, was used to fire a missile.“While a routine event for an Aegis cruiser, the successful engagement shows Baseline 9 is on track to delivering on its enormous potential,” said Chancellorsville Commanding Officer Capt. Andrew Hesser.Four additional live firing exercises are scheduled aboard the Chancellorsville before the ship’s Combat System Ship Qualification Trial (CSSQT) begins later this year. The ship is the first of four Aegis cruisers scheduled for Aegis modernization.In a statement released by Lockheed Martin, Jim Sheridan, director of U.S. Navy Aegis programs for Lockheed Martin’s mission systems and training business, was quoted as saying. “Every day our customers face a growing number of threats from our adversaries, which requires a continuous evolution in capabilities,” said Sheridan. “Baseline 9 as part of Aegis modernization ensures we stay one step ahead of each of those complex and sophisticated threats at a faster pace and with more technological advancements than ever before.”Chancellorsville is part of Carrier Strike Group Nine, and recently concluded a maintenance availability to install the upgrades to the Aegis weapon system.U.S. Third Fleet provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy and leads through innovation.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 10, 2013 View post tag: Chancellorsville View post tag: Defence Share this articlelast_img read more

UK Border Force Joins Mediterranean Rescue Efforts

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: rescue View post tag: Efforts Authorities UK Border Force officers were among a rescue team that saved more than 100 migrants in the Mediterranean on Saturday, May 31.HMC Protector, one of Border Force’s cutters, was on patrol for Operation Triton south of Sicily when it was alerted by the Italian Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre in Rome to a migrant boat in distress 60 miles from the coast of Libya.A total of 104 migrants have now been taken to Lampedusa, among them were 51 men, 50 women and three small children.HMC Protector and HMC Seeker, two of the Border Force cutter fleet, were deployed to Frontex’s Operation Triton in order to support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said:There have been some distressing scenes in the Mediterranean and that is why we agreed to enhance the existing Frontex operation, which Britain already supports, by providing two Border Force cutters.Image: UK Government View post tag: Border Force View post tag: News by topic Share this article June 1, 2015 UK Border Force Joins Mediterranean Rescue Efforts View post tag: Navy View post tag: UK View post tag: Mediterranean View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Border Force Joins Mediterranean Rescue Efforts last_img read more

ECA teams up with MAURIC to offer drone motherships

first_img Photo: Photo: ECA Group French autonomous systems specialist ECA Group joined forces with maritime solution provider MAURIC to design a patrol vessel-sized ship specialized for carrying and deploying mine countermeasure autonomous vessel of all sizes.The design is named Octopoda and comes in two ranges, a 30-meter Octopoda 300 and a larger, 50-meter Octopoda 500.Integrated with UMIS system of surface and underwater robots, the Octopoda models allow operators to stay out of harm’s way during MCM missions. The UMIS is a complete system of different drones that can collaborate within the same mission to carry out each step of a mine clearance mission: detection, identification and destruction.Octopoda operates outside the minefield, so that it does not have to comply with demanding specifications relating to acoustic and electromagnetic signature, and shock resistance.To design the first vessels in the Octopoda range, MAURIC’s naval architects focused specifically on two fundamental aspects concerning integration of naval drones: the integration of launch and recovery systems that are effective even in high sea states, and the ergonomics of the drone deployment zones on board the vessel. So the Octopoda vessels have been designed around these zones (aft deck, drone storage and maintenance hangar, drone system control center).The Octopoda 300 makes it possible to deploy a naval drone system from a vessel that is just 30 meters in length, according to ECA Group. The system consists of two A9-M AUVs, identification robots and destruction MIDS (mine identification and destruction system) consisting of 2 SEASCANs and 6 K-STER Cs. These underwater robots can be deployed from Octopoda 300 or a 7m Rhib nested in an aft ramp.The Octopoda 300 also comprises a small landing platform making it possible to deploy a IT 180 UAV lightweight drone. The design incorporates a specific hangar with direct access to the aft deck and a control center with a bird’s eye view of the deployment zone, the objectives of which are to simplify handling of the robots and optimize operability of the entire UMISTM system.Octopoda 500 allows for launch and recovery of a 12-meter INSPECTOR 120 USV from an aft ramp. By adding this USV it is possible to deploy AUVs (two A9-Ms, two SEASCANs and ten K-STER Cs) in autonomous mode, and therefore penetrate further into the minefield. The UAV landing platform is larger and therefore makes it possible to land the IT 180 in more difficult sea states. View post tag: MCM View post tag: MAURIC View post tag: Octopoda Share this article View post tag: ECA Grouplast_img read more

European Bakeries deal investigated

first_imgSuppliers and creditors have raised serious concerns about London wholesale bakery European Bakeries, which recently spent a week in administration.European Bakeries, which supplies discounter Aldi and catering giant Compass, through Enterprise Foods, called in administrators Deloitte on June 8. It had debts of over £576,000 at the time, with over 100 creditors owed sums of up to £98,898.Suppliers hit included BFP Wholesale, Maple Leaf Bakery UK and Greens Flour. European blamed the collapse of sandwich chain Benjys, which it supplied, for its financial problems.On June 15 it was sold as a going concern to DM Holdings of which David Merchant is the only director, with Nury Gee listed as company secretary. Administrator Lee Manning of Deloitte has since admitted that “a lot has come to light” since that deal was signed. Following a recent creditors’ meeting, he has started an investigation into the relationship between the former European Bakeries and a connected logistics company, Foodchain Distribution.Before it went into administration, European Bakeries was charged a fee by Foodchain, believed to be around £3,000 a week, for daily deliveries to Aldi, although these were made using European Bakeries vehicles, petrol, staff and products.Gerald Waldeck was the largest single shareholder in European Bakeries before it went into administration. He also had a 50% stake in Foodchain.Manning said the findings of Deloitte’s confidential report would be relayed to the creditors’ committee “in a few months”.As well as that, a “considerable amount” was owed to European Bakeries by Foodchain and administrators were seeking to recover these debts, he said.Administrators expect to be able to tell angry creditors within a “few months” how many pence in the pound they will distribute.Meanwhile, various suppliers have queried the suitability of two consultants employed by the new business.The pair, David Gee and Kevin Smedley, are disqualified as serving as company directors until 2019 following a substantial fraud.They were banned following a case brought by finance company GE Commercial Finance when they were found to have provided false information to obtain finance.Damages in excess of £16m were awarded against them personally.The company involved was City Truck Group Ltd, which went into administration in 2002. Gee had been chairman and Smedley group financial director. The two are believed to be planning to appeal against their disqualification.New European Bakeries MD David Merchant told British Baker that David Gee had been working at European Bakeries as a consultant for a year, before Merchant bought the company. Gee will remain with the company for around six months to restructure its sales operation as he had “built up relationships with customers that it was essential were maintained,” Merchant said. Consultant accountant Kevin Smedley joined the new company in June as a part-time interim manager in finance and HR for a “couple of months” until a new financial controller was appointed. Gee and Smedley “were not acting as directors”, Merchant added.David Gee’s wife, Nury Gee, was company secretary until auditors were appointed, he said. She also became company secretary of Foodchain on June 16.The relationship between European Bakeries and Foodchain, which is still trading, had ceased, Merchant emphasised.Merchant said: “I intend to grow European Bakeries and build on its reputation as a quality craft baker.” He said he planned to review product range, expanding into different market segments – targeting retail channels. The business’s catering services side would be smaller in proportion as the overall company expanded, he said. Investment would be made in its London bakery.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Get a First Look at The Wiz Live!’s Costumes & More

first_imgTaissa Farmiga Set for Buried Child Off-BroadwayBroadway.com has confirmed that American Horror Story’s Taissa Farmiga will make her off-Broadway debut in Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child. As previously reported, Oscar nominees and real-life husband and wife Ed Harris and Amy Madigan will headline the New Group revival, under the direction of Scott Elliott. Performances are scheduled to begin in February 2016 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.Robert Lawrence DeMichiell Jr. Dead at 57Robert Lawrence DeMichiell Jr., famed for his NYC-based entertainment and culture illustrations as well as his signature art for many Broadway shows, passed away on October 12 in Manhattan after a three-year battle with cancer. Aged 57, he died peacefully at home with his husband Jeffrey M. Wilson at his side. Broadway.com’s thoughts are with DeMichiell’s family and friends.Nick Offerman Set for Brooklyn Nine-NineNick Offerman is a busy man. Along with returning to the boards in A Confederacy of Dunces in Boston (next stop Broadway?), he has lined up another TV role. According to The Wrap, the stage and screen star is set to appear in Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Thanksgiving-themed episode as Captain Holt’s (Andre Braugher) ex boyf. The show will air on November 22.B’way Songs Cut From Live-Action Beauty and the BeastSome more concrete news about Disney’s eagerly anticipated live-action Beauty and the Beast. “The songs from the movie are in,” composer Alan Menken told EW, referring to the 1991 animated film. “Actually, none of the songs from Broadway made the film.” However, Menken has penned, along with Tony and Oscar winner Tim Rice, more material for the project. “There’s actually three new songs written for the movie,” he added. We can’t wait to hear them! Which is a little unfortunate, as the Bill Condon-helmed project, starring Emma Watson as Belle, won’t hit movie theaters until March 17, 2017. We’ll be watching this on repeat in the meantime. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Get a First Look at The Wiz Live!’s CostumesEverybody rejoice! We’re beginning to get excited about easing on down the road with The Wiz Live!, which stars Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelly, Davai Alan Grier, Uzo Aduba, Amber Riley and more. Check out the below video as newcomer Shanice Williams, who will play Dorothy, takes us behind the scenes of the team’s first photo shoot, allowing us a first look at some INCREDIBLE costumes. The NBC telecast will air on December 3. View Commentslast_img read more

GE wins big battery storage contract in Australia

first_imgGE wins big battery storage contract in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:GE won its biggest grid battery deal so far, to supply a solar plant in South Australia. The 200-megawatt Solar River plant will be coupled with a 100-megawatt/300-megawatt-hour GE Reservoir grid storage system. Solar River already secured Crown Development approval and could start generating power as early as 2021.This battery will outrank South Australia’s Hornsdale Power Reserve, the Tesla-supplied system that currently holds the title for world’s largest, but won’t for long. Like that battery, it will provide fast-reacting capacity for a state grid dealing with rapid renewables growth and baseload coal retirement. But the GE system will use its longer energy duration to turn solar power into a dispatchable resource.The project answers a warning that the Australian power market operator issued in a November report on the status of South Australia’s grid. “System strength needs to be more actively managed, and there is increased need for fast-start and rapid-response technologies to accommodate changes in renewable energy output and improve power system security,” it said. “The shape of operational demand is becoming increasingly peaky, and both demand and supply are exposed to the vagaries of weather, changing the nature and profile of supply scarcity risks.”Rooftop solar provides 15 percent of South Australia’s installed capacity; wind delivers 29 percent. Renewables account for nearly half of electricity generated, meaning the grid has considerable exposure to intermittent resources. That exposure will continue to grow, as renewables constitute a majority of new capacity investments. Negative demand could arrive during peak solar production hours by 2023 or 2024, and rooftop solar has already pushed the daily peak later into the evening, when solar generation drops off.Pairing the large solar plant with a battery, then, directly tackles the “vagaries of weather” issue. The storage system at Solar River, among the largest proposed worldwide, will reduce the flood of additional solar generation in the middle of the day and make it available in the more valuable evening hours. Australia’s competitive energy market rewards plant owners for arbitraging energy from times of surplus supply to times of scarcity.The Australia market offers one of the fastest-growing opportunities for hybrid generation, said Gianpaolo Giuliani, energy storage global sales director at GE’s Renewable Hybrids unit. “The system is leveraging GE’s Reservoir technology, with a high energy density modular architecture, proprietary string-level battery control, and a hybrid controller which leverages our vast history of controls experience to appropriately orchestrate the solar dispatch and the battery storage output,” he added.More: GE’s largest battery deal yet will support a 200MW Australian solar plantlast_img read more