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 Books on wild edibles and medicinal plants are good to have, as are manuals about how to make a bow and arrow, how to trap or set a gill net, and books about wilderness first-aid. Jim Baird, Field & Stream, "How to Assemble the Ultimate Bug-Out Kit for Long-Term Wilderness Living," 1 Dec. 2020 Iran, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan were five countries catching the most tuna using gill nets. Graham Readfearn, Wired, "Dolphins Are Still Accidental Casualties of Tuna Fishing," 7 Mar. 2020 Sea turtles are often caught as bycatch by vessels that use gill nets to haul in swordfish off the coasts of California and Oregon. Peter Fimrite,, "Giving the ocean some help — California’s new plan to deal with climate change, sea level rise," 26 Feb. 2020 According to records provided by the fisheries department, there are 1285 trawl boats, 57 purse seine boats, and 1487 mechanised gill nets and other boats registered in south Karnataka. Supriya Vohra, Quartz India, "“There is no fish in the ocean”: The future has arrived in this Indian fishing village," 18 Feb. 2020 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

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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