Deep Sea Moorings Fishbite Handbook
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA
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A short introduction retraces the early suspicions which soon translated into confirmed fish attacks. The next two chapters cover the recognition and the extent of the fish bite problem in great depth. Chapter 2 presents in meticulous details the techniques which can be used to determine how a rope was damaged while in service, either by fishbite or any other plausible cause. The analysis of a data which spans over twenty years and encompasses close to a thousand moorings is presented in Chapter 3 Dimensions of the fishbite problem. This chapter provides valuable information for use in estimating fishbite hazard. Who are the culprits and why they do it is reviewed in Chapter 4 Biting organisms and predisposing factors. This chapter identifies the marine organisms which have significant biting capabilities an outlines some of the environmental factors and processes which incite and result in fishbite damage. The last chapter Prevention and control of fishbite damage, reviews the preventive methods used to reduce the incidence of the severity of fish attacks and the curative methods - including up to date techniques for jacketing metallic and non-metallic ropes and cables - which hopefully will protect mooring lines from mechanical damage inflicted by fish teeth.
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