BFT Season 2023 – Algerian Purse Seiner LES FRERES BENAMANE

The eastern bluefin 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 […]

Fishing Vessel – Spanish Gill Netter NUESTRA MADRE LORETO

One of the Spanish Fishing Vessels that from time to time she’s seen in our waters is the 1997 built gill netter NUESTRA MADRE LORETO. She was built in Spain by Astilleros Cardama in Vigo with yard number 403 as NUESTRA MADRE LORETO homeported at Santa Pola since July 1997 with fishing matricola as 3ª […]

Maltese Fishing Vessels – MFA 283 SAN NIKOLA

One of the Danish built vessels that used to trade around the Maltese Islands was the 1963 built 25.03 metre fishing vessel SAN NIKOLA. She was built in Denmark by Marstal Traeskibsverft at Marstal as the SLEIPNIR VE 62 for scampi fishing at Iceland. In 1996 she was bought to Maltese owners and brought to […]

BFT Season 2023 – Cypriot Fishing Vessel MY HENDRIKA

The eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna was long a symbol of overfishing and fisheries mismanagement. Over the past decade, the stock has recovered, following the rebuilding measures introduced by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is a highly migratory pelagic fish of impressive size (up […]

Fishing Vessels – Tunisian ABOU SHAMA and DENPHIR I at Malta – June 2013

With Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) Season in place it was interesting to see 2 Tunisian purse seiners at Grand Harbour, Malta during June 2013 sheltering from strong winds, both of them during their maiden calls. These were the 1996 built wooden 24 metre wooden hull purse seiner ABOU SHAMA homeported in Monastir with fishing matricola […]

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – Guardia Costiera rescues 450 immigrants – 23.03.2023

Today Thursday 23rd March, 2023 the Italian Coast Guard (Guardia Costiera) rescued 450 illegal immigrants aboard a fishing vessel flying a Libyan Flag on her bow 100 miles east of Siracusa under the coordination or RCC Catania. The fishing vessel , in precarious navigable conditions, was reached and rescued by the Diciotti Class offshore patrol […]

Ships from Canada – Fishing Boat LYNSEY LENORE

One of the Great Lakes, Canada fishing boats is the 1992 built fishing boat LYNSEY LENORE. She’s also known as fish tug. She was built in Canada by Powell SY Shipbuilders Ltd at Maitland with 18.29 metres loa and 7.25 metres beam and maximum draft of 1.86 metres. Her official number is 807959 and homeported […]

Fishing Vessels – Maltese Fishing Support Workboat GANG PIL LEE

One of the Spanish built vessels trading in Malta is the 2002 built 25.23 metres long fishing support workboat GANG PIL LEE. She was built at Astilleros Nodosa at Marin Shipyard, Spain as yard number 247 and named as AJD 1 for the Maltese Blue Fin Tuna farming Venture AJD Tuna that was established in […]

BFT Season 2022 – Movements – 21 to 26.05.2022

May is here and Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) Season is here with interesting Turkish fishing vessels coming to tow tuna cages from various spots that belong to Licensed Tuna Farms – Saturday 21st May, 2022. 1453 hrs – 1993 built TUR flag purse seiner SUAYIP KETENCI with fishing matricola 34A 4901 entered Grand Harbour coming from […]