Long lining for fish
consists of units of leaded ground line in lengths of 100 fathoms which
are referred to as “skates.” Each skate has approximately 100 hooks
to it. “Gangens,” or lines between the hooks and the groundline,
are either tied to or snapped on to the ground line. A "set" consists
one or more baited skates tied together and laid on the ocean bottom
anchors at each end. Each end has a float line and a buoy attached.
are typically baited with frozen herring, squid, or other fish.
on the fishing ground, depth, time of year,
and bait used, a set is
2 to 20 hours before being pulled. Longlines are normally pulled off
ocean floor by a hydraulic puller of some type. The fish are cleaned
after being brought aboard and are kept on ice to retain freshness.
Here is a simple
a typical "set":
is caring of the resource, is one of the best vanguards of that
Our personal thoughts are that long liners are among the best. Each
can be targeted individually with little to no by-catch of other fish.
The line is laid and retrieved, never left in the ocean to continually
fish. Nor does it scoop up indiscriminately everything in it's
as some methods can. There is no impact on the ocean habitat itself -
outcroppings, coral beds etc are not damaged.
Smaller fish are
off below the water line and swim rapidly away. They live to grow and
thus insuring a future for the industry and the resource.