drift net
an unanchored gill net floating free with water currents or attached to a boat. Lost drift nets continue to catch and kill fish and marine mammals (called "walls of death") and large ones (50 km large scale pelagic driftnets) have been curtailed or banned on the high seas since 1991 by the Wellington Driftnet Convention and the 1993 UN General Assembly moratorium on large-scale drift nets. Also called drift gill net

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • drift-net — «DRIHFT NEHT», intransitive verb, net|ted, net|ting. to fish with a drift net: »Danish and Faroese fishermen drift netting off western Greenland... (London Times). –drift´ net´ter, noun. drift net …   Useful english dictionary

  • Drift net — Drift Drift, a. That causes drifting or that is drifted; movable by wind or currents; as, drift currents; drift ice; drift mud. Kane. [1913 Webster] {Drift anchor}. See {Sea anchor}, and also {Drag sail}, under {Drag}, n. {Drift epoch} (Geol.),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drift net — ► NOUN ▪ a large fishing net kept upright by weights at the bottom and floats at the top and allowed to drift in the sea …   English terms dictionary

  • drift net — drift ,net noun count a very large net for catching fish that hangs upright in the sea …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • drift net — drift′ net n. bus a fishing net, usu. many miles in length, supported by floats that allow it to be carried with the current • Etymology: 1845–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • drift net — noun a large fishnet supported by floats; it drifts with the current • Hypernyms: ↑fishnet, ↑fishing net * * * noun : a large net that is arranged to drift with the tide or current and that is either buoyed up by floats or attached to a drift… …   Useful english dictionary

  • drift net — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms drift net : singular drift net plural drift nets a very large net for catching fish that hangs upright in the sea …   English dictionary

  • drift net — noun Drift net is used before these nouns: ↑fishing …   Collocations dictionary

  • drift net — noun a large fishing net, kept upright by weights at the bottom and floats at the top and allowed to drift in the sea. Derivatives drift netter noun drift netting noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • drift net — noun Date: 1662 a fishing net often miles in extent arranged to drift with the tide or current and buoyed up by floats or attached to a boat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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