We lost bluefin tuna forever from Bosporus and the great white shark chasing it ! We lost lobsters, we lost marlin, we lost Mediterranean monk seal, we lost mackerel Is BLUEFISH stands the next marine species on line of extinction ?
LUFER (Bluefish) is a glitter in people’s eyes, big time money for the small & big fisherman. Lufer fishing is an addiction daily routine for the retired, unemployed and off time employer/hobbyists across Bosporus. If you have a chance to travel around Istanbul coastline a day in October, you can count around ten thousand fishing roads, day & night. It means gathering reason for families & friends, for table conversations all around the canal. Lufer means these facts and many more for thousands of years for the people residing around Bosporus waters. But with the advancement of the heavy industry and human population increase since 1950’s the numbers of fish migrating is diminishing year by year. Some inividuals & NGO’s are trying to pictures this fact with public awareness campaigns, advertisements but no one has ever truly documented the Bluefish migration underwater, the fish caught in the nets, fishing lines, underwater footage from Marmara Sea and most importantly; people of Istanbul through the eyes LUFER and Bluefish through the eyes of its inhabitants.
The documentary is about a fish that had huge cultural influence over a region for thousand years and empires long, which was overfished over the last decades. Blue fish aggressive and fast attacks almost any fish undersized, hard to catch. There are stories of careless fisherman that lost fingers or get a good scratch while trying to release it from the fishing hook. There are even some fisherman stories in which, bluefish schools chasing hungry dolphins. The fish highly desired in the region; nearly 70% of World harvest is from Turkey & Marmara Sea. The documentary is following the annual migration of the Blue fish along Bosporus both under and above water together with the human stories & lives (fisherman, scientist, restaurants, NGO’s, writers, poets, bloggers, reporters) bonded to it. The cultural and economical importance of the fish for the people is worthless and there is no coming back from extinction for this incredible species, which sadly means a loss of seamanship/cuisine culture!
Lüfer denizlerin canavarı, piranası, kendi boyundan küçük hatta boyuna eşit her tur canlıya saldıran dişlerinin sivriliği ve yüzüş hızıyla Boğazın en acımasız avcısı. Palamut sürülerine saldırdığı, kendi türünü yiyen bir yamyam olduğu ve hatta yunuslara bile saldırdığı anlatılmakta. Milyonlarca insanın her gün üzerinden geçtiği ve neden her sene geldiğini tam olarak bilmediği, efsanelere konu olmuş Boğazdan gecen canavar bir balık ! Boğazda hikayeleri anlatılan, panik içerisindeki sürüler, yüzerken yalılara toslayan dev mavi yüzgeçli orkinos ve onun pesinde gelen büyük beyaz köpekbalıklarını kaybettik. Marmara’da bolca avlanan ıstakozları, Boğazın dalyanlarında avlanan kılıç balıkları, Akdeniz fokları terk etti 1960’larda, son olarak ta Boğaz’ın uskumrusu. Lüfer sıradaki mi?
By mert gokalp