Eastern Central Atlantic — Moroccan Coast
Fish harvesters encircle a large wall of netting around schools of sardine and pull the bottom of the netting closed, like a drawstring purse, to capture the fish. The so-called “purse” seine net is often set from fishing vessels with the assistance of a small 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.
The fishery is currently participating in a Fishery Improvement Project coordinated by the Morocco Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries. A number of regulations are in place to address conservation, including:
The fishery is management by the Morocco Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries.