gill·​net | \ ˈgil-ˌnet How to pronounce gillnet (audio) \
gillnetted; gillnetting; gillnets

Definition of gillnet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to catch (fish) with a gill net

gill net


Definition of gill net (Entry 2 of 2)

: a flat net suspended vertically in the water with meshes that allow the head of a fish to pass but entangle the gills upon withdrawal

Examples of gillnet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Good Fish Bad Fish A similar trend exists in Andhra Pradesh, where trawling was responsible for 52.8% of shark catches, gill nets accounted for 32.4% of shark catch while longlining contributed 14.6%. Bhanu Sridharan, Quartz India, "A little village in southern India may have the secret to sustainable shark fishing," 25 Nov. 2019 The water quality improvement along with a gill net ban has contributed to the recovery of several fish species including striped mullet, red drum and spotted sea trout. Washington Post, "Scientists struggle to save seagrass from coastal pollution," 23 Dec. 2019 Rules adopted in 2007 to govern the use of gill nets left floating on top of the water to trap fish can be no longer than 125 feet. USA TODAY, "$4 million dome home, owl surprise Christmas guest, cold sea turtles, red snapper: News from around our 50 states," 23 Dec. 2019 Under the scheme, fishermen can claim up to Rs15 lakh to convert trawling vessels to deep sea fishing boats with long lines or gill nets and avail training from the NFDB. Bhanu Sridharan, Quartz India, "A little village in southern India may have the secret to sustainable shark fishing," 25 Nov. 2019 The finding prompted a week of scouring the creek and connected canal with U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Army Corps using gill nets and electrofishing, an electrical charge to stun any fish in the water. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Asian Carp 'eDNA' found in Chicago creek near Lake Michigan. But what does it mean?," 25 Nov. 2019 Vaquitas were regularly drowning in gill nets meant for shrimp and totoabas, a fish whose swim bladder is a delicacy in China. National Geographic, "The ‘little cow’ of the sea nears extinction," 20 Sep. 2019 Back then, fishermen set hundreds of miles of gill nets and thousands of trap nets in Lake Erie. Tony Briscoe,, "In the Great Lakes’ most productive fishing grounds, algae-fueled dead zones are eroding livelihoods," 14 Nov. 2019 The biggest problem for the dolphins has been entanglement in gill nets, causing them to drown. Stefan Lovgren, National Geographic, "Cambodia’s endangered river dolphins at highest population in 20 years," 5 Apr. 2019

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Gillnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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