American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long fishing line towed by a boat and supporting many smaller lines bearing baited hooks. Also called trawl, trawl line, trotline.
- n. a long fishing line with many shorter lines and hooks attached to it (usually suspended between buoys)
“The International Pacific Halibut Commission, established by Canada and the United States in 1923 to manage the halibut resource, determined that factors such as over-exploitation by the setline fishery, juvenile halibut bycatch, and adverse environmental conditions led to the decline in abundance .”
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