How to Catch a Swordfish

  • June 15, 2018

Trust Magazine Winter 2018

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by Daniel Lewis

June 15, 2018

A swordfish takes the bait and is reeled in from deep water to a fishing boat off the coast of San Diego. The fishermen use lines attached to deep-set buoy gear, which targets swordfish that feed in cold water 800 to 1,200 feet below the surface. Fishermen keep a close eye on the floating buoys; if one rises or sinks, they know to pull up their catch, and quickly release other nonmarketable species, something not possible if they used indiscriminate large-mesh drift gillnets. Pew supports fishermen who use the buoy method, which minimizes harm to whales, sea turtles, and other marine life.