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.