U.S. commercial fishermen mainly use pelagic longline gear to harvest swordfish. They also
sometimes use handgear (rod and reel, harpoon, and buoy gear). When fishing for swordfish,
fishermen generally deploy pelagic longline gear at sunset and haul it back in at sunrise, taking
advantage of swordfish’s habit of feeding near the surface at night. Fishermen often use lightsticks,
which contain light emitting chemicals, to attract baitfish which in turn may attract predators like
Pelagic longline gear and handgear have no impact on habitat because they’re used in the water
column and don’t come into contact with the ocean floor. Handgear used to catch swordfish is very
selective and bycatch is minimal.
Pelagic longlines used to catch swordfish can incidentally catch protected species like marine
mammals and sea turtles. Fishermen fishing with pelagic longline gear follow a number of strict
regulations to prevent bycatch:
Recreational fishermen have fished for swordfish off the U.S. East Coast since the 1920s and
currently harvest approximately one percent of the swordfish caught every year by the United States.
The recreational fishery for highly migratory species like swordfish is managed under the same
plan as the commercial fishery. U.S. recreational fisherman must have a permit to catch swordfish.
There are minimum sizes of fish they can catch as well as limits on how many they can catch.
Certain areas are closed to fishing. Recreational fishermen must also report their swordfish catch
or if they release it, they must release it without removing the fish from the water in a manner that
ensures it has a good chance of survival once released.
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