drift net

noun
a fishing net supported upright in the water by floats attached along the upper edge and sinkers along the lower, so as to be carried with the current or tide.

Origin:
1840–50

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drift net
 
n
a large fishing net supported by floats or attached to a drifter that is allowed to drift with the tide or current

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Example sentences
The drift net samples were not split, and the entire sample was randomly picked.
Only one herring gill net may be used by occupants of a boat, and the drift net must be attended at all times when deployed.
Drift net studies are widely used and have a proven validity in stream water quality studies.
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