Definition of drift net in English:

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drift net

Pronunciation: /ˈdrift ˌnet/
(also driftnet)


A large net for herring and similar fish, kept upright by weights at the bottom and floats at the top and allowed to drift with the tide.
Example sentences
  • Acting like a huge drift net and manoeuvred on the basis of intelligence, these ‘wolf-packs' covered a wide area of open ocean.
  • Yes, there are other contributing factors such as global warming, pollution, predation and angling, but the single largest impactor is the drift net.
  • The great white shark was caught in a drift net - a highly controversial means of fishing - off Santa Barbara in California.


drift netter

Example sentences
  • In your November edition you carried a story and an editorial about drift netting and the campaign by Stop Now to have drift netters compensated to exit the sector.
  • ‘Anglers are being pressured and forced into enduring the pain so that commercial drift netters, who are decimating the stocks, can gain,’ Mr Behal said.
  • Still, for California drift netters, who often fish 200 miles offshore, installing pingers at sea can be perilous and time-consuming.

drift netting

Example sentences
  • They want an end to mix stock fishery, which will in effect be an end to drift netting at sea.
  • The EU Commission put together a package back in 1998 to compensate the eighteen vessel owners and their crews for their losses when the EU Commission introduced regulations banning tuna fishing by drift netting.
  • We cannot allow the drift netting to continue while our angling tourism industry collapses around us.
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