Open Ocean Gillnetting

open ocean gillnetting

Gillnetting and driftnetting, passive methods, can be used to harvest bottom or pelagic fish.

A gillnet is a wall of netting set in a straight line, equipped with weights at the bottom and floats at the top, and is usually anchored at each end. Fish such as swordfish, thresher shark, and rockfish try to swim through the net and are caught when their gill covers are snagged, hence the name gillnetting.

If allowed to drift freely, the method is referred to as driftnetting, and the method is more active.