purse seine

noun
1.
a large seine, for use generally by two boats, that is drawn around a school of fish and then closed at the bottom by means of a line passing through rings attached along the lower edge of the net.
2.
a technique of fishing that utilizes a purse seine to capture large schools of fish, especially tuna.

Origin:
1865–70, Americanism

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purse-seine

[purs-seyn]
verb (used without object), purse-seined, purse-seining.
to fish using a purse seine.

purse seiner, noun
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purse seine
 
n
a large net towed, usually by two boats, that encloses a school of fish and is then closed at the bottom by means of a line resembling the string formerly used to draw shut the neck of a money pouch or purse

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Declines in reproductive output in two dolphin populations depleted by the yellowfin tuna purse-seine fishery.
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