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Fishing Boats

In the port of Cambrils, a town of fishing tradition, trawlers do not go in search of fish for two months each year. It is an annual practice, usually done in May and June, consisting of a fishing ban. The ban aims to promote regeneration of the seabed, allowing species to reproduce and grow during this period.

In this way they are able to stabilize fishing, since it is suffering a decline in trawl catches due to banks depletion, thus increasing fish price.

Fishermen use this ban period for maintenance, repair and overhaul of their boats.

We can also make our own "Fishing Boats" with trawl included. It is a very easy project to do where we will enjoy the creativity, the sea and the beach with the little ones.


  • Corks
  • Jute rope
  • Pieces of cloth
  • Long sticks
  • Silicone glue gun
  • Netting sachet for garlics
  • Screws closed circle (to make a garland of buoys with leftover corks)


  1. Choose 3 similar corks. It is better to use common corks of wine. Plug silicone glue gun until the glue rod is hot. Once it is ready, glue the corks as it is shown in the picture.
  2. Strengthen and decorate the boat knotting the corks with a pice of jute rope.
  3. Pin a stick as a mast in the center of the boat and at the top. The knots of the ropes should be at the bottom so they are invisible.
  4. Cut out a square of cloth as sail for the boat and pass it through the stick.
  5. Now, we will make the trawl. We will use one of the netting sachet that wraps garlics. You can find it in the grocery store or supermarket. We cut the sachet in half. Now, we have a sachet that is closed at the bottom and open at the top. With a piece of jute thread, we will baste the open side of the sachet so that it closes when we pull it up from the jute thread. Then we will tie the trawl to the boat.
  6. With the leftover corks you can make a garland of buoys. You can paint the corks to your liking and add to each a small screws closed circle as shown in the image. Then, we tie the corks together and equidistant, using a piece of jute rope.

Fishing Boats

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