Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. José Luis Cort, Pablo Abaunza
    Pages 1-5 Open Access
  3. José Luis Cort, Pablo Abaunza
    Pages 19-21 Open Access
  4. José Luis Cort, Pablo Abaunza
    Pages 23-36 Open Access
  5. José Luis Cort, Pablo Abaunza
    Pages 37-78 Open Access
  6. José Luis Cort, Pablo Abaunza
    Pages 79-84 Open Access
  7. José Luis Cort, Pablo Abaunza
    Pages 85-108 Open Access
  8. José Luis Cort, Pablo Abaunza
    Pages 121-123 Open Access

About this book


This open access book is an original contribution to the knowledge on fishing and research associated with one of the most enigmatic fish of our seas: bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus (L.). Based on available evidence, it reconstructs the possible methods used to catch large spawners in the Strait of Gibraltar thousands of years ago and describes the much more recent overfishing that led to a great reduction in the catches of the trap fishery on the area and the disappearance of the northern European fisheries. It is the first book to relate the overfishing of juvenile fishes in certain areas to the decline of large spawners in other very distant areas, revealing one of the main underlying causes of this decline, which has remained a mystery to the fishing sector and scientists alike for over 50 years. This finding should serve to prevent similar cases from arising in the future.


Atlantic bluefin tuna bluefin tuna life history Strait of Gibraltar traps Bay of Biscay juveniles fishing Open Access

Authors and affiliations

  • José Luis Cort
    • 1
  • Pablo Abaunza
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro Oceanográfico de SantanderSpanish Institute of OceanographySantanderSpain
  2. 2.Spanish Institute of OceanographyMadridSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-11544-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-11545-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-2179
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-2187
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