A historical Tuna-fishing ceremony: “La levantá”

Genuine Andalusia recently witnessed one of the most historical and spectacular Tuna-fishing ceremonies in South-West Spain: “la levantá del Atún” (The Raising of the Tuna).
Along their Spring migrations from the North Sea towards the Mediterranean, some Tuna are intercepted by a complex labyrinth of nets, previously set along the coast of Cadiz, in South West Spain.
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This system is called Almadraba and it leads the intercepted Tuna into a final part, called “el copo”, where there’s no way out. Once enough specimens have reached “el copo”, then it’s time to fish them out by raising this trap.

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The nets are then pulled up manually until the trap has little depth.

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At this point, some very skilled men jump into the trap and start tying the tails of the living tuna with a rope. When enough Tuna have been tied up, the other end of the rope is pulled by a small crane, installed on the deck of a boat.

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Once the Tuna hit the deck, they are sacrificed almost instantly by skilled fishermen and in a manner that minimizes any suffering caused to the animals.

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