Definition of longline
: a heavy fishing line that may be many miles long and that has baited hooks in series
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There’s another reason to ditch longlines: the environment.
The predators are pods of killer whales chasing down the halibut and black cod caught by longline fishermen.
Citing that imbalance and the impact to Hawaii's longline fleet, the fishing industry vigorously fought the Papahānaumokuākea expansion—in TV ads and YouTube videos, in town hall meetings and in the capitols in Washington and Honolulu.
Sharks were decimated by the Atlantic swordfish longline fleet in the 1980s and 1990s (longlines are fishing lines 20 to 40 miles long that are baited with thousands of hooks and catch everything from seabirds to sea turtles).
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