I recorded this video in the Citadel of Saint Tropez which highlighted the old French fishing techniques.
They used a glass bottom barrel to scout the tuna and then the whole town would harvest the fish using nets. Enormous bounty in the Mediterranean, up until the 19th century.
From the Citadel of Saint Tropez Maritime Museum:
The Depletion of fish stock is not a new phenomenon, From the 18th century onwards fishing techniques judged to be too destructive, like the 'pcêhe aux boeufs' (which used a type a drag net) were banned in order to preserve resources. From the 19th century onwards the sight of vast shoals of tuna along our coast was no longer a frequent occurrence. Today, global warming hastens the arrival of species like the barracuda, originally from warmer seas (the Red Sea and South Atlantic) though fishing for barracuda remains a very marginal activity.
It’s wild to remember the Mediterranean had tuna that size crashing the surface, visible from shoreline in such a setting. All the more to make sure we’re working to preserve our fisheries for the next generation of #fishers
The 3rd video is of the fisher’s beach, La Ponche, lit up by fireworks. La Ponche is the beach at the final frame in the 2nd video when the anglers unload the tuna.
The 4th video is offshore near Casis, a close by fishing town.