Purse Seine with skiff
Fish harvesters use a small auxiliary boat or "skiff" to hold the large wall of netting in a steady position as the purse seine vessel pulls the netting around a school of fish. Once encircled, a hydraulic winch is used to pull the “purse line” to close the bottom of the net, capturing the fish and preventing their escape. Some seiners use a powerful drum that reels in the net or a large table on deck that swivels to spool the net. Purse seiners tend to be one of the most efficient methods for catching fish due to the large size of the net and vessel.