Longline fishing is the method used to catch blue fin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico. Miles of line with hooks and bait are strung out on the surface of the water. Tuna that are caught on the baited hook are hauled in and harvested.
But many other species of fish are attracted by the bait and are caught on the hook. Sometimes as much as 50% of the catch is discarded. These fish will die and are usually dead by the time they are hauled in. This video describes the effects of longline fishing:
Cameron Jaggard of the Pew Environmental Group will talk about long line fishing and its effects in the Gulf of Mexico.
The meeting is at 7:30 pm on Thursday October 6, 2011, in room 3118 of the Entomology/Nematology Building on the UF campus.