Swordfish (Shutome) – U.S. Longline
Swordfish are a large, migratory fish found in temperate and tropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. They grow reasonably fast and mature quickly, typically within six years.
Longlines are the most common gear for catching swordfish worldwide. This method results in the bycatch of threatened or endangered sea turtles, sharks and seabirds in large numbers. However, in the U.S. fisheries, management regulations are in place to reduce affects on bycatch species.