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Definition of the noun drift net

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  1. a large fishnet supported by floats; it drifts with the current
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: fishing net / fishnet = a net that will enclose fish when it is pulled in


Drift net a.k.a. Drift netting is a fishing technique where nets, called drift nets, hang vertically in the water column without being anchored to the bottom. The nets are keep vertical in the water by floats attached to a rope along the top of the net and weights attached to another rope along the bottom of the net. Drift nets generally rely on the entanglement properties of loosely affixed netting. Folds of loose netting, much like a window drapery, snag on a fish's tail and fins and wrap the fish up in loose netting as it struggles to escape. However the nets can also function as gill nets if fish are captured when their gills get stuck in the net. The size of the mesh varies depending on the fish being targeted. These nets usually target schools of pelagic fish.

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Google previewA Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (2017)

by Michael Allaby, Chris Park

drift net A fishing net that can be several kilometres long and is suspended vertically from floats at a specific depth in the water. It is left to drift freely with the current ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Marine Sciences (2012)

by Hanneke(J.)G. Baretta-Bekker, Egbert K. Duursma, Bouwe R. Kuipers

drift net see →nets. Dredqe other cutting tool. In the ordinary →rotary drilling method the. drilling making a circular hole in rock or ...

Google previewAll Things Medieval: An Encyclopedia of the Medieval World [2 volumes] (2011)

An Encyclopedia of the Medieval World by Ruth A Johnston

The seine net adapted for the ocean was a drift net or a trawl. A drift net had more floats, while a trawl had more weights. The drift net stayed near the surface and picked up large schools of fish such as herring. The trawl moved to the bottom of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Marine Mammals (2009)

by William F. Perrin, Bernd Würsig, J.G.M. Thewissen

In the early 1990s, at least 40 million nontarget fish, sharks, seabirds, marine mammals, and sea turtles were being killed annually by the Japanese drift net fishery for squid. Altogether, the high-seas squid drift net fisheries in the North Pacific ...

Google previewThe Caspian Sea Encyclopedia (2010)

by Igor S. Zonn, Aleksey N Kosarev, Michael H. Glantz, Andrey G. Kostianoy

Drift Net – (1) one-sided net for catching fish moving downstream. Several such nets are connected to form a floating (drifting) net line. (2) Double-sided net for fishing in a river (during fishing it is lowered down the stream). Drilling Machine – a ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the U.S. Maritime Industry (2012)

by Kenneth J. Blume

Methods used by the industry have evolved over the centuries and have included fishing by line or net; “drift net fishing” done in shallow water for fish closer to the surface such as herring, mackerel, and pilchard; “ring net fishing,” a variation of ...

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A sooty shearwater trapped by a drift net along the Oregon coast. Photo: Roy Lowe, USFWS

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Video shows what drift net means. A very long fishing net, supported by floats, that drifts with the current behind a fishing boat. Drift net Meaning. How to ...

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