The Line caught fishery has very little by-catch and any by-catch can be safely returned to the ocean alive. Reefs and other fish habitats remain healthy and intact. Traditional hook and line methods usually provide better quality catch and are sold to markets faster, which provide a fresher product. Common commercial line caught fish include sea bass, tuna, salmon, halibut, red snapper, shark, and many more. These species are also caught by trawlers, so it is up to you to demand your seafood be certified line caught catch. By demanding your local fish markets, restaurants, and grocery stores provide line caught fish, we can move towards sustaining the ocean fishery.
About Trawlers: Trawlers are extremely harmful to our reefs and world wide fish stocks. They are responsible for wiping out huge schools of fish and destroying their habitat along the way. Fish caught in the nets are of poor quality due to being towed around for hours before being brought aboard.
The voice of one ex. net boat crewman:
"We would fish for a wide verity of fish but target certain species at certain times of the year. Some days were slow and others produced "boat loads" of fish. We could pretty much take out an entire school of fish. The size of the fish varied, some were big schools of fish that made us good money, and others were very small, but still provided some cash. I remember one trip were we loaded the boat with thresher sharks, but they were tiny little guys, pretty much new borns. We offloaded buckets and buckets of the little sharks and sold them to the buyer. To me that was a realization of how our ocean was being over fished. Apart from fish, many ocean mammals would loose their life by being caught in the nets. If they were not dead when we brought the catch in, we would have to shoot them, so they wouldn't destroy our nets. It really is a pretty dirty fishery." ( Fisherman dose not wish to disclose his name)