Fifth-generation Balfegó fishermen
BALFEGÓ was founded in L’Ametlla de Mar, a traditional fishing village located northwest of the Mediterranean Sea, just over 62 miles from Barcelona. This is where our family first began fishing for bluefin tuna in the mid-nineteenth century.
However, it was not until the 1970s — our parent’s generation — that we began to specialise in seine fishing: a selective fishing technique that involves surrounding the tuna with a net that closes at the bottom. This technique is used to concentrate our fishing on the target species and even allows us to free fish that are smaller than 30 kg, which is the minimum weight allowed.
In keeping with our commitment to sustainable fishery, we only catch adult bluefin tuna, with an average age of 10 years. Bluefin tuna mature sexually at 4, so they are given at least 6 years of reproduction.
Once caught, the tuna are transferred from the net to transport tanks, which we use to move them alive to our marine facilities 2.5 miles off the coast of L’Ametlla de Mar.
This whole process happens between May and June, when the tunas — which live in the Atlantic throughout the rest of the year — enter the Mediterranean Sea to reproduce.
The bluefin tuna fishing process is carried out using vessels equipped with the latest technology, such as La Frau and Tio Gel, which are captained by the company’s presidents, Manel and Pere Vicent.
This fishery is subject to strict controls by ICCAT, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, which is responsible for ensuring the tuna’s sustainability and conservation.
Balfegó’s traceability system is ground-breaking in the world of fishing. Using a mobile phone and the QR code that is provided with each serving, you can access information about the bluefin tuna that is being bought or tasted: the date of capture, weight, length or fat level, in addition to health, quality and environmental sustainability certificates.
We are pioneers in
Putting management and control measures into place to ensure the recovery of the species.
Electronically tracing individual tunas as well as each and every one of their parts.
Electronically managing catch documentation in all phases of fishing, transfer, caging, transformation and commercialisation.
Investing financial and human resources in bluefin tuna research.