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Calle La Nasa
June 2022

The streets of Fuerteventura

Fishing is closely linked to the life of the islands, especially in areas like Fuerteventura, which have suffered from severe droughts, which made the local population dedicate itself to livestock farming and fishing as a main means of subsistence. When visiting the Fishing Museum, close to the Lighthouse of El Tostón, in El Cotillo, we can witness how important the sea has been for the Majoreros (people from Fuerteventura). The museum contains a multitude of artefacts and instruments, such as fish traps called “nasas”, which the village of Corralejo has dedicated a street to.

Calle La Nasa

the Streets of Fuerteventura

In the middle of the village of Corralejo, close to the harbour, where fishing boats used to leave from, there is a short street called “Calle La Nasa”, that pays tribute to this fishing method, known by professionals as passive fishing. The fishing trap has a cylinder shape that looks like a reversed funnel. The fish goes in through the wider opening, as well as crustaceans and cephalopods that are attracted by bait. The most widely used bait is crab, but if there isn't any, they will also use fish, jack mackerel and sardines being the most popular. The fish follows a path to get to the bait and swims deeper and deeper into the trap until it can no longer get out. The structure consists of a wooden skeleton that holds together the top and the bottom parts with a system of vertical rods. This structure also has another series of slimmer rods going lengthways. Sometimes the trap also includes various types of fabrics to hold the fish in. We could say that this trap looks like a basket. The trap also has a wooden cover on the top with an entrance made of plastic or some other smooth material enabling the fish to get in. This cover is there to stop the fish from getting out and is also used to empty the trap. Fishing with this type of trap is one of the oldest and most traditional fishing methods. They are laid on the sea bed in the currents. They are often used in Latino-American countries, and although they are not called the same, it is a similar system. In Spain, it is used a lot in the areas of Cantabria and Galicia. In the Canaries, it is very popular, and we can often see those “nasas” as decoration in bars and restaurants that specialise in fish and shellfish. It is a symbol of the sea that reminds us that the product doesn't get on our plates without considerable physical and traditional efforts.