Fact Sheet

Species at Risk: Unintended Consequences of Surface Longline Fishing

  • October 18, 2010

Surface longlines intended for yellowfin tuna and swordfish often stretch for 25 miles with hundreds of baited hooks attached. Unfortunately, this indiscriminate fishing gear incidentally catches and kills thousands of other non-targeted animals – including sea turtles and bluefin tuna – that are supposed to be protected in the Gulf of Mexico.

Find out more about these threatened species:

Blue Marlin
Sea Turtles
Bluefin Tuna