Purse seining of bluefin tuna in Libyan waters – Video

Video credit: Abdallah Elmgawshi (Libya) Review: Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the video channel)


The video shows a typical fishing of Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in Libyan Mediterranean waters.

In the present, almost all tuna fishery in Libya is carried out by longline and purse seining. This video shows the purse seining of the Bluefin tuna. The fishing season generally starts in the middle of May and extends to the middle of July or reaching the approved quota whether for the whole country and/or for the particular fishing vessel.

Typically, before taking a fishery action, the tuna stocks have been explored using appropriate equipment such as HD Binoculars, sonars, etc. As shown, the frozen sardines are thawed and moved from the mother ship to a boat where sardine is distributed in the target zone to attract and keep the tuna stocks in place.

Immediately after, the seine surrounds the tuna stocks to the tuna stock to keep the fish in place and then the purse seiners act immediately surrounding the tuna fish and crowding them in order to be lifted easily on the mothership. It seems that the fishing crew is pleased with their catch.




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