In August 2016 a mamba line* (mamba) broke free from one of our farm sites in the South East of Tasmania. A comprehensive search effort was undertaken to retrieve the mamba which included both on-water and aerial search teams. Unfortunately the mamba was not located at the time.
Recently, Environment Southland in New Zealand shared an image on Facebook of the mamba washed up ashore on the south island of New Zealand. The mamba travelled more than 1600 km’s over the four month period, demonstrating the incredible power of weather!
While the distance travelled and the use of social media to discover the source of the mamba is impressive Huon takes the risk of marine debris very seriously. In addition to a comprehensive marine debris prevention program we have taken steps to avoid a similar situation occurring in the future.
We are transitioning to orange mambas, which are easier to identify in the water, and tagging them all with GPS trackers.
Thank you to Ron Wilson who found the mamba and to Environment Southland for helping identify it.
*A mamba line is a 100 metre long piece of high density polyethylene pipe used to assist in gathering fish in pens. Fish are gathered to facilitate transfer either into another fish pen or onto our well-boat, the Ronja Huon, which is used to bath and transport fish.