If you aren’t aware, Pelagic Longline Fishing is a method of fishing that targets some of the ocean’s largest predatory fish – including tuna, swordfish, and billfish – by setting MILES of baited hooks across the open ocean.
The issue with this type of fishing is that it decimates some of the ocean’s largest predators, and has high rates of shark, sea turtle, seabird, and marine mammal bycatch. Meaning that all of these other animals are commonly caught and killed by these fishing hooks.
West Coast fisheries managers are considering the authorization of Pelagic Longline Fishing despite the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s commitment to reduce bycatch. If authorized, this would set West Coast conservation efforts backwards and result in the continued killing of non-target species.