This morning Gib and Marianne came in to have a chat about The Norholm (which is their boat); Cullivoe came along to because they are having a trip to see the Norholm today, Our trip is on Thursday.
This is what I learnt; I found out that, the Norholm has approximately 180,000 smolts onboard in two different tanks; the tanks can hold approximately 90,000 fish. To make things quicker the Norholm uses a helicopter, to move the smolts in a box; the box can hold 3,000 smolts. When they pick up the smolts which are in the tanks, there is a pipe which sucks up the fish, and then the fish go on a counting machine type thing, then the smolts are put in salmon cages.
The Norholm takes smolts from the Loch Ness where the smolts have been in fresh water and then transferred in to the salt water. When plotting the route that the Norholm goes on they make sure they know what the forecast is, the skipper is the decision maker. They have two skippers, Gib and Raymond, the reason they have two skippers is because the boat is always working and the crew need some rest and still make money.
The Norholm has gone right down to Oben which is over 708.11km away from Shetland. The Norholm sometimes go over to Bergan in Norway (which is near Lapland) It’s about the distance to get to Aberdeen from Shetland.
At the end of the presentation both schools got given an iPad Mini, we were are all very grateful to Gib and Marianne.