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DRIFT-NET FISHING

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French Equivalent: Pêche au filet dérivant

Definition:
Drift-net fishing is a type of fishing involving very long nets that drift with the winds and currents, thus creating a webbing curtain in which fish are enmeshed. It may result in (a) commercially important species’ being unusable when landed owing to a long soak time or damage by predators and (b) incidental by—catch of non—targeted fish and other animals.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Cross References:
Long-line fishing, or long-lining

Statistical Theme: Agriculture and fisheries statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, November 14, 2001