How to Catch a Swordfish
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.