THE TUNA FISHERY
In the sea that just woke up from the Winter's homothermy, in the brightest period of the year going from the Spring equinox to the Autumn, warmed by the sun which resumes its journey toward the zenith, men and tuna since a thousand years have an appointment which both know can't be missed: the first ones in order to get food and well-being, the latter because only there they can find the clear, warm waters where to reproduce and perpetuate their species.
The tuna wander the invisible streets of the sea, always the same, driven by the currents, and the men wait for them with long nets, traps located in large rooms: "LE TONNARE", the tuna fishery.
Since the beginning of May to mid-June, the period of fishing for the "Tuna race" (il tonno di corsa), we offer for the certified divers the unique opportunity to dive in the tuna fishery... an experience not to be missed! (see the video)
The tuna fishery is a complex of nets/traps and is divided into rooms that are arranged in a row and communicate with each other by doors, also consist of pieces of nets. The tuna, repeating year after year the same route, ends up in these rooms.
This type of dive takes place inside a system of huge rectangles made of nets, ranging from a depth of about -40mt to the surface. Here you can see schools of tuna from 100 to 300 kg., with a size from 80 to 200 cm. and, sometimes, you may meet also swordfish and sunfish, and even big yellowtail and sea turtles. The dives are conducted in small groups of divers, accompanied by a professional expert of tuna and guidance of our staff.
It is allowed, for freedivers, to dive into the trap supervised by the site's operators; also non-divers can go snorkeling and observe the tuna from the surface.