National Geographic : 1954 Nov
687 4 Armed with Push Nets, Minho's People Gather Driftweed for Fertilizer Above, left: A fisherman of Nazare lounges before his home. His wife made his colorful clothes. The Government built the house for him out of proceeds from a fish tax. +Nazare basks beside the sea, overlooking part of its fishing fleet drawn up on the strand. The establish ment at left offers "Hot Baths." Crowd in back ground gathers at a fish auction. Several miles offshore, out in the unpro tected sea, I saw what at first seemed to be long lines of bobbing corks, miles and miles of them. Senhor La explained that the body of the trap is a great barrier shaped like the letter L, with each of its arms some 3,000 yards long. The nets are supported by corks, and the whole thing is kept in place by a series of carefully placed moorings, which include 600 big bower anchors. At the point of the L there is a sort of gate in the nets, and the tuna, which seems nervous and can be turned by a shadow when on its spawning run, strikes the net and turns in evitably toward the gate. The arms of the L are laid so that there are pockets here and there, designed to turn the tuna in that direc tion. Once a tuna enters the corral, it is done for.