One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large seine (fishing net) which may be drawn into the shape of a bag, used for catching shoal fish.
- ‘The law prevented fishermen from intentionally setting purse seine nets around dolphin pods in order to capture the tuna swimming in schools below them.’
- ‘Evolving technologies have included aboriginal spears, nets, and weirs and European purse seines.’
- ‘It has been stolen from them by a mistake made by the Ministry of Fisheries when it allowed purse seine fishing to target kahawai.’
- ‘In fact, the total allowable commercial catch has been set at a level that is significantly less than the tonnage that purse seine fishers alone are able to catch under the current permit regime.’
- ‘Larger vessels explored the offshore feeding grounds and, using the new purse seine technology, brought back unprecedented catches.’
- ‘He is a strong advocate of sound fishery management, who authored legislation in 1997 that prevents the annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins during tuna purse seine fishing.’
- ‘Congress enacted the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972 to protect dolphins from the effects of purse seine tuna fishing.’
- ‘Skipjack is said to be very healthy and robust, and skipjack tuna is targeted mainly by the long line and the purse seine.’
- ‘The Commission has recommended that the blue marlin landings of pelagic longlines and purse seine vessels be reduced to at most 50% of the 1996 or 1999 level, whichever is greater.’
- ‘We wrapped it in purse seine netting; in the process we accidentally wrapped up a six-foot blue shark that was feeding on the whale.’
- ‘Eastern tropical Pacific D. delphis skin tissue samples were obtained from animals caught incidentally in the yellow-fin tuna purse seine fishery.’
- ‘Half or more of sharks killed are ‘bycatch,’ snagged while fishermen are targeting other species on longlines or in enormous trawl nets, gillnets or purse seines.’’
- ‘When the tuna is harvested with purse seine nets some dolphins become trapped and often die unless released quickly.’
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