Photographer's Note

Hello dear friends, a few days ago i was walking in Barbate and took this photo of the boats of the trap ready to ship the large anchors, long cables, buoys and heavy striking networks, to mount the art of the trap. My friends, now is the time of the bluefin tuna fishing and fishermen are preparing it for the trap of the town of Barbate, I salute these hard workers I offer this picture of the ships docked in port with the lovely pine forest Brena in the background. Then I has explain a bit about the trap.

The trap (trap Andalusian Arabic, where it is hit or fight) is one of the arts to catch tuna used in Andalusia, Valencia, Murcia and Ceuta taking advantage of the migration of Atlantic-Mediterranean tuna (and back) used from pre-Roman times. Is to install a labyrinth of networks over the tuna, which are usually situated near the coast. In Sicily the method is called tonnara (Atunara).

Traps have been deployed from the ports of Cadiz, Chiclana, Conil, Barbate, Rota, Zahara, La Linea de la Concepcion, Punta Umbria, Isla Cristina, Ceuta and Tarifa, among other ports. There is also this fishing technique in southeastern Spanish in Cartagena's maritime region, specifically in the Bay of Mazarron, Calabardina in the village of La Azohia Cartagena, Cartagena. Also in different parts of the province of Alicante such as Denia, Javea, Benidorm, Villajoyosa or Tabarca Island.

The process begins when the tuna in their migration from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean Sea, pass through the Strait of Gibraltar. Almost all of the Traps deployed in the Mediterranean, from the eighteenth to mid-1950 have been commanded by arraeces Benidorm (Alicante), considered the natives of this town as true experts in the art of fishing for centuries.

The trap is an art for tuna fishing, the simplest of which is to put two boats some distance between you set a network with a clamped shallow longline set out the fish, tuna and others who may arrive. Because until you get on the boat are still alive, the act can be selected and discarding small parts or useless. Among the ships and the network down more experienced anglers who are dedicated to selecting the tuna can weigh about 200 kilos. The piece chosen is bled and then his companions on the boat and spears pierce three or four men are aboard, this is repeated with each piece. Once extracted (fish) tuna species is followed by smaller ships.

Excerpt from the story "Log" of Cartagena R. Guillermo:

/ ... / Before sighting the tip of Cape Tiñoso, we pass the trap nets, which have been set early, fishermen of the trap. With its dark barges are closing the frame and decreasing the distance from the surface to the network. Soon the surface outcrops of the bustling treasure of fish, which in many species, and taught his thick meat into the air and bright sun. Fishermen, satisfied and regain stubborn rigging, while a colleague, with sharp hooks, collected hundreds of the Sea tuna, some weighing well over a man has to be lifted more than a fisherman. The siege of networks, it soon becomes tinged with red foam, and dying air barges, hundreds of creatures recently snatched from their world. They are packed in wooden boxes, frigate tuna, bonito, albacoretas (albacore), menhaden, tuna ... adorned with abundant flakes of ice. Fishermen then become the port of Azohía where the treasure will be auctioned will give them the bread of the day. For the buyer of the fresh fish is a delight to contemplate the landing. Some buy in boxes, parts and albacoretas frigate, then at home, make delicious salted in jars of clay, thus closing this annual ritual, which has been repeating since the days of "garum" Roman, for over two thousand years in the Southeast. / ... /

In the twelfth century the Duke of Medina Sidonia receive the grace of the king to manage the traps south Atlantic and the Mediterranean. This wine exploiting the noble house in various places of Andalusia, mainly to the late eighteenth, early nineteenth century, when it becomes a business management.

After the demise of the traps that belonged to the Duke of Medina Sidonia, the management of these was in many hands, but was so expensive that a company should be managed by an entity that agglutinate and regulate. Thus, it was a National Consortium Almadrabero that began to explode in Spain since 1928, when it was founded, and whose first president was the Islander Serafin Romeu Portas, based first rate and then in Isla Cristina. On January 18, 1973, the National Consortium Almadrabero the decision to liquidate the company, which proceeds at the close of the traps in the provinces of Huelva (Isla Cristina) and Almeria (Almeria). Recently, thanks to the recovery of the species in the Gulf of Cadiz, there is speculation over in about ten years to draft a trap in Isla Cristina.

Source Wikipedia.

Model: NIKON D3100
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/3200 sec
F-Stop: f/14.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 200 mm
Date Taken: 2012-03-07 16:10
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 280 kb

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