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La pêche du thon ("Tuna Fishing")
etching by Jean-Pierre Houël, 1782.

Almadraba (Spanish "tuna fishing" or "netting fence to catch tuna")[1] is an elaborate and age-old Andalusian technique for catching Atlantic bluefin tuna that dates from Spain's Islamic period.[2]

The Spanish word almadraba is of Andalusian Arabic origin المضربة almaḍraba : 'a place to strike' < Arabic root ضرب 'to strike, hit'. Besides the region of Andalusia, it is also historically practiced in the southern Spanish regions of Murcia and southern Valencia, on the Mediterranean coast. A similar technique exists in Sicily known as mattanza (a borrowing from the Spanish word matanza, meaning slaughter), introduced either by the Spanish or by the Moors during Sicily's own Islamic period.

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  1. ^ almadraba Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima segunda edición, Real Academia Española, 2001. (Spanish)
  2. ^ "Las almadrabes y Chiclana". Archived from the original on 27 June 2010.