Swordfish – Indian Ocean, Longline
Swordfish are large, migratory fish found in temperate and tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. They grow reasonably fast and mature quickly. In the Indian Ocean, Swordfish are moderately abundant.
Longlines are the most common gear for catching Swordfish worldwide. They result in large quantities of bycatch, including threatened or endangered species such as sea turtles, sharks and seabirds. Management of the Indian Ocean swordfish fisheries is poor and few regulations have been implemented to reduce impacts on non-target species.
When fishing for Swordfish, longlines do not typically contact bottom habitats. However, because these fisheries catch several top-predator species, there is some concern that these fisheries may affect ocean food webs and ecosystems.