26 May 2024






2 mins

The eastern bluefin (BFT) migration has supported valuable fisheries in the Mediterranean since antiquity. Initially based on hand lines and beach seines, these fisheries were dominated after the 16th century by tuna cages placed in the path of migrating tuna. After the expansion of purse seines and longlines in the Atlantic (in the 1950s) and in the Mediterranean (in the 1970s), the importance of tuna fishing has gradually decreased.  The main EU fishing countries are Spain, France and Italy, and to a lesser extent, Croatia, Portugal, Malta, Greece and Cyprus.

With the season here the first 4 Turkish Purse seiners called at Grand Harbour for provisions and uplifting bunkers –

First to enter was the 2006 built 49.3 m purse seiner TUNCAY SAGUN 6 who passed breakwaters at 0729 hrs bound to Pinto 3 Wharf  for uplifting bunkers.

From 20th July 2017 to 11th September 2017 and from 11th May 2018 to 6th September 2018 she was trading under the name of GIRITLIOGLU SULEYMAN REIS.

Upon completion she left to fishing grounds passing breakwaters at 1114 hrs.

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Following her was the 2006 built 31.1m purse seiner CINAR OGULLARI I passing breakwaters at 0734 hrs and berthing at DWQ 3 Wharf and with International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) she’s registered as towing vessel though she has 2 skiffs at her stern.

Third one was the 1997 built 33.6m purse seiner DURSUN CINAROGLU 2 that passed breakwaters at 0747 hrs. She was originally named as KASIMOGULLARI 3 and was rebuilt to her current name.

Same as the above, with  (ICCAT) she’s registered as towing vessel though she has 2 skiffs at her stern.

And the last one was the 1996 built 40.2 m purse seiner DURSUN CINAROGLU that passed breakwaters at 0755 hrs berthing alongside the same owner fishing vessels.

She was rebuilt and lengthened too and owned by the same Turkish Group that are berthed at DWQ 3 Wharf.

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