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Fishing Gear Overview

Fishing is one of the oldest and most diverse means of making a living known to humankind. A multitude of fishing gear types are currently in use worldwide, many meant to target specific, commercially-valued taxa or species and others that are relatively indiscriminate in their catch.  Bycatch of unwanted animals is a problem, not just for the injured or killed animals, but also for the fishers. Thus, efforts to reduce bycatch often involve collaborations of scientists, conservation organizations, fisheries management agencies, and fishers that create modifications of fishing gear and/or practices. Project GloBAL is focusing on four general gear categories: longlines, gillnets, purse seines and trawls. On these pages, you can learn more about these gear types and some of the mitigation techniques being used in these gears to reduce bycatch.