Definition of purse seiner in US English:

purse seiner

noun

  • See purse seine

    • ‘A total of 205 purse-seiners are allowed to operate at any one time in the area, but Taiwan has been getting around that by using bigger boats and reflagging some of its fleet to the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu.’
    • ‘Although fishermen have used their knowledge of the tuna-dolphin relationship to catch tuna on hook-and-line for centuries, it is only since the debut of high-tech purse-seiners in 1959 that dolphins have been so abused.’
    • ‘Japan, for example, is busy subsidising the decommissioning of large tuna boats, preventing old vessels being replaced. But the EU subsidises the replacement of purse-seiners.’