"Almadraba" is the name given to a type of ancient fishing art that has existed since Phoenician times. Off the southern Spanish coast, in the springtime, the arrival of the migrating bluefin tuna is eagerly awaited. The bluefin tuna is the wildest, fiercest variety, with the largest specimens approaching 500 kg (~1,000 lbs.). This project shows fishing in Conil, Cadiz, during the 2013 fishing season.

The system of "almadraba" consists of hundred kilometers of giant anchors and many interlocking systems of nets. The complicated apparatus is transported on the boats and eventually formed into a deadly maze through which the tuna are corralled. At the end of the maze, there begins a struggle between man and nature.

The boats gather in a circle, while hundreds of tunas desperately splash the water with their tails. As the intensity rises, the water seems to boil, forming an image of an overstretched force. Fishermen begin to slowly raise the nets—the men's bruised and aching bodies excited by the hope of a good catch.

After the battle, with the sea dyed red, comes the calm, which then gives way to silence.

—Antonio Gonzalez Caro


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