September 15, 2015
IAGC Member Vessel Aids Imperiled Olive Ridley Sea Turtle off Gambia Coast
Houston, TX--Earlier this week, IAGC member company vessel Polarcus Alima successfully rescued and saved the life of an Olive Ridley sea Turtle, caught in a fishing net. Conducting an operation offshore Gambia, the chase vessel, De Vrouwe Marie crew observed fishing gear in the survey area and quickly rushed to the scene. Upon closer inspection, the crew discovered a sea turtle that was caught in the net and gasping for air.
The crew of the De Vrouwe carefully lifted the Olive Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys Olivacea) and the net out of the water. Unfortunately, the net had damaged the sea turtle's carapace, and it was impossible for it to untangle itself. The Fisheries Liaison Officer (FLO) on board the Polarcus Alima informed the master on the De Vrouwe Marie that the nets must be carefully removed or the turtle could die. The crew successfully untangled the sea turtle and released it back into the water. Once untangled from the fishing net, the sea turtle with a few strokes swam away and then gently disappeared in the vast ocean!
Congratulations and thank you to the crew of the Alima and De Vrouwe for a successful rescue mission!
Chase vessels are a part of the seismic vessel support fleet. Support vessels are used to help protect the in-sea equipment and communicate with commercial shipping, fishing vessels etc., transport fuel, provisions and spare parts and to take refuse back to shore and scout ahead of the seismic vessel.
IAGC’s members practice environmental stewardship and take a great deal of care and consideration of the marine environment. For more than 40 years, the industry has demonstrated its ability to operate seismic exploration activities in a manner that protects marine life.