On the morning of the 19th we sailed for two hours to the beautiful bay of Carla Marcarella, where Boris and Christian set about testing their lobster trap mechanisms. The setup involves a welded metal surround for the lobster trap, a lighting device and a high definition camera. The camera takes footage from a separate pyramidal cage, which is attached by ropes to float just above the trap. By equipping the camera with extra battery packs and setting the camera to take one photo every 10 seconds the camera can film for over 40 hours.
The following morning we sailed out of the bay to meet KAI’s sister ship: the Toftevaag, a 103 year old Norwegian fishing boat expertly restored and a flagship boat for marine conservation and expeditions in the Mediterranean. That afternoon we met with Pedro, a local fisherman, who is a keen leader of sustainable lobster catching in the area to test the lobster trap camera device. Pedro has previously made several modifications to his traps to improve their efficiency and limit bycatch. The collaboration allows Pedro to accurately see the behaviour of the lobsters reacting in the traps. On Saturday evening we successfully launched a trap for two hours and after recovery, Boris and Christian were to make any final adjustments before they launch the trap for the full 40 hours.