The capture of tuna known as La Mattanza

From the 29th of May to the 3rd of June in Carloforte it is possible to watch the ancient old tradition of the capture of bluefin tuna with the use of dense nets in a quasi-spiritual procedure. A dramatic event deeply connected to this part of Sardinia that sees the battle between man and nature. The men working together in a team effort is especially powerful to watch, the mattanza is in fact the catch of an entire school of fish, dozens of tuna may be captured. The ambience of bloody water and particularly large fish leaves one with a singular impression. A ritual by many seen as cruel, which continues with no little controversy not only for the way in which the fish dye in a true massacre but also for the diminishing of tuna in size and number.

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