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Fishing Gear: Midwater Trawls

Midwater trawling is a fishing practice that herds and captures the target species by towing a net through the water column.

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A black and white Southern Resident killer whale leaping out of the water. The fin of another whale is visible and a boat and mountains are in the background. A Southern Resident killer whale leaps out of the water. Credit: Candace Emmons
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