Definition of purse seine in English:

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purse seine


[usually as modifier]
A seine that can be drawn into the shape of a bag using the line along the bottom of the net like the drawstring of a purse.
Example sentences
  • He is a strong advocate of sound fishery management, who authored legislation in 1997 that prevents the annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins during tuna purse seine fishing.
  • It has been stolen from them by a mistake made by the Ministry of Fisheries when it allowed purse seine fishing to target kahawai.
  • The law prevented fishermen from intentionally setting purse seine nets around dolphin pods in order to capture the tuna swimming in schools below them.


purse seiner

Example sentences
  • Japan, for example, is busy subsidising the decommissioning of large tuna boats, preventing old vessels being replaced. But the EU subsidises the replacement of purse-seiners.
  • Although fishermen have used their knowledge of the tuna-dolphin relationship to catch tuna on hook-and-line for centuries, it is only since the debut of high-tech purse-seiners in 1959 that dolphins have been so abused.
  • A total of 205 purse-seiners are allowed to operate at any one time in the area, but Taiwan has been getting around that by using bigger boats and reflagging some of its fleet to the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu.

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Syllabification: purse seine

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