long·​line | \ˈlȯŋ-ˌlīn, -ˈlīn\

Definition of longline 

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

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Christopher O'Callaghan was working May 2 on the deck of the 95-foot longline trawler F/V Ocean Hunter when a slack line suddenly went taut and struck him in the chest, Alaska State Troopers said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Kodiak fisherman killed in accident on trawler in Bering Sea," 9 May 2018 Gautam had to be extracted via longline in the highest altitude helicopter evacuation ever — an operation fraught with danger, because the thinner air affects the ability of the chopper’s rotors to provide lift. Time, "The Ethics of Climbing Everest: Double Amputee Xia Boyu’s Feat Fuels Debates About Who Belongs on the Roof of the World," 3 Apr. 2018 But the American captain, who was supposed to be in charge of the Princess Hawaii, had never worked a longline vessel in the Pacific before. CBS News, "Deck hand saved lives as fishing boat sank; captain's role under investigation," 6 Apr. 2018 Olive ridley sea turtles are classified internationally as vulnerable, chiefly because of the threat of being accidentally caught on fishing gear used by longline and trawl fisheries. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Drones are a new tool for Duke, UNC scientists. And they found oodles of sea turtles.," 17 Jan. 2018 The downsides of the longline system include line failure, which can dump a hundred baskets when lines break from crashing waves. Guest Voices, AL.com, "Oyster farmer's guide to pier growing and becoming a rock star," 29 Dec. 2017 Trawlers are still able to fish for flounders, mackerel, perch and other whitefish, and cod is open to longline, jig and pot gears through Dec. 31. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Sitka-based fishermen’s group gets $142K grant to train deckhands," 25 Dec. 2017 The federal government banned catching them and took steps to prevent them from being accidentally caught in shrimp nets and longlines. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sea turtles overcame hurricane and heat to have decent South Florida nesting season," 31 Oct. 2017 That is certainly the view of longline fishermen in southern Alaska. The Economist, "Fishing and sperm whalesAfter years of persecution, whales are getting their own back," 26 Oct. 2017

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1688, in the meaning defined above

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