long·​line | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌlīn How to pronounce longline (audio) , -ˈlīn \

Definition of longline

: a heavy fishing line that may be many miles long and that has baited hooks in series

Examples of longline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The turtles have been protected under the federal Endangered Species Act since 1970 but critics say they are threatened by a Trump administration effort to end a federal ban on longline fishing off the California coast. Fox News, "California takes steps to protect leatherback sea turtles," 20 Aug. 2020 The Hawaiian longline industry problems don’t end there. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, "The Poke Paradox," 10 Aug. 2020 About 17 longline vessels are usually contracted to conduct the surveys; this year 11 boats will participate. Anchorage Daily News, "COVID-19 forces cancellation of annual Alaska fish and crab surveys," 9 June 2020 In the first of what’s promised to be many campaigns of the summer, Megan can be seen sporting a sunshine yellow longline lace bra paired with an itty bitty matching thong. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Rihanna Taps Megan Thee Stallion To Be Savage X Fenty’s Brand Ambassador," 21 May 2020 Most times those ducks are just rocketing through the longlines or past spinning-wing decoys. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "8 Tips for Perfecting the Art of Pass Shooting Waterfowl," 18 May 2020 That created a problem, as European longline fishermen, who are responsible for much of the fishing mortality, as well as some recreational fishing interests in the United States, opposed a complete ban on mako harvest. Capt. John Mcmurray, Field & Stream, "10 Great East Coast Fisheries That No Longer Exist," 10 Feb. 2020 Farther offshore, longlines set for swordfish and tuna were catching a lot of makos as bycatch. Capt. John Mcmurray, Field & Stream, "10 Great East Coast Fisheries That No Longer Exist," 10 Feb. 2020 In the waters off French Polynesia, fishermen lay longlines equipped with multiple hooks in the hopes of catching tuna and swordfish. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fishing Hooks Pose a Long-Term Threat to Tiger Sharks," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of longline

1688, in the meaning defined above

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“Longline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longline. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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