BFT Season 2024 – 4 Turkish Purse Seiners at Valletta, Malta – 25.05.2024

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 […]

BFT Season 2024 – French & Libyan Purse Seiners at Malta – 18-21.04.2024

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 […]

BFT Season 2024 – First 2 Italian Fishing Vessels at Malta – 19.04.2024

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 […]

Maiden Call – Greek Refrigerated Ship AVRAMAR FRY at Malta – 08.04.2024

On Monday 8th April, 2024 the former Maltese owned refrigerated vessel SANTINA passed breakwaters at 13o5 hrs as the Greek flag and owned boat AVRAMAR FRY. She was built in Spain by Rodman Polyships at Vigo, Spain as the PUNTA LA GAVIOTA homeported at Santa Cruz De Tenerife (ESP Flag) in March 1999 with fishing […]

Fishing Vessels – Greek Purse Seiner APOLLON 01

One of the few Greek fishing vessels that used to be seen during the Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) Season was the 1986 built purse seiner APOLLON 01.  She was built in Greece in 1986 with a length (loa) of 23.90 m , beam of 6.20 m and maximum draft of 3,30 m. She’s homeported at […]

BFT Season 2005 – 45 meters Icelandic Trawler EYBORG at Malta

During the early stages of Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) fishing industry, several interesting vessels were engaged in towing tuna cages with one of them was the Icelandic 44.95 meters trawler EYBORG built at Estaleiros Sao Jacinto in Aveiro, Portugal in 1994. During June 1992 her keel was laid and 6 months later she was launched, […]

Fishing Vessels – Italian purse seiner S. RAFFAELE

One of the Italian purse seiner that used to be seen during the Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) Season was the 1974 built S.RAFFAELE which on radio vhf she was called as SAN RAFFAELE. She was built at Cantieri Navali Codecasa at Viareggio with yard number F23 as S.RAFFAELE for Cooperativa S. Michele based at Cetara, […]

Casualties – Algerian Purse Seiner YOUNES II sank – April, 2018

On Tuesday 3rd April, 2018, the Algerian tuna purse seiner YOUNES II launched an SOS message to her sister YOUNES I, of which she did not assist her for unknown reasons.  YOUNES I  was able to return to the Tunisian coast to berth in Bizerte, unlike her sistership YOUNES II which disappeared 20 miles north […]

BFT Season 2023 – 2021 built French OPV for Fisheries Patrol

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 […]