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In Greece, fishing for swordfish is carried out using surface longlines that can be as long as many tens of kilometres and drift in the open waters. Setting the longline, searching for it and retrieving it from the water are procedures that usually last many hours, sometimes under unfavourable conditions.

In the Mediterranean Sea, other tactics, such as driftnets, have also traditionally been used; the latter, however, have been banned by the E.U. due to the entanglement of other organisms that are under conservation status, such as birds, marine mammals and marine reptiles.

Here, a swordfish caught by a drifting longline is hooked by the fishermen to be taken onboard.

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