This is an important issue because longline fishing catch unwanted species like sea turtles, sharks and even birds that eventually die from being hooked or tangled up on the line.
What is Longline Fishing?
Longline fishing is a commercial fishing process that uses a line that is over 3,600 feet long that has over 2,500 baited hooks spread out along the main line to catch the target species like Tuna.
An inciedental catch is when the lines catch the non-targeted species. Because of incidental catch there is an estimated death of over 100,000 albatross seabirds a year.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Make longline Fishing illegal in the United States because of the death of incidental catches of un-targeted species. Commercial fishing should move away from longline fishing and use methods like bottom trawling because incidental catch can be released back into the ocean after the net has been brought up. Or commercial fishing should troll with rod and reel to catch their target species. Longline fishing leads to the death of animals that are not sold or consumed by commercial fisherman.
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