Lesina hike, 23.09.2012
A ''Paranza'' fishing system near the isthmus of Lesina lagoon.
The ‘’Paranza’’ is the most important fishing scheme that fishermen in the Lesina lagoon already espoused in ancient times. It is a type of barrier placed perpendicular to the shores of the lagoon and it constitutes a sort of forced passage for eels to the ‘’bertovelli’’, placed at regular intervals along the barrage. The ‘’Paranza’’, consisting of 40-60 ‘’bertovelli’’, is installed in the period from October to February and, starting from the lake shores, it is pushed toward the center of the Lesina lagoon.
The ‘’Paranza’’ is formed by a row of piles, driven into the mud, placed in a straight line, the first of which normally placed near the shore. Between a pole and the other, about 20 feet away, is placed flat against the ‘’arella’’, which was once made up of bundles of reed bound together by ties of three fans. The ‘’arella’’ was built in this way by fishermen in three heights (0.90 m, 1.25 m, 1.50 m) and they were chosen depending on the depth of the water. The ‘’arella’’ is embedded in the mud for about 30 cm, and stood without any support, given the tranquility of the lagoon waters.