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Most of Alaskans Own’s seafood is harvested using benthic longline gear on family-owned fishing vessels, generally less than 60 feet in length. Longlining is a passive fishing technique that has been used sustainably for more than 150 years. Fishermen set groundlines along the ocean floor with short branch lines attached every few yards ending in a baited hook. The lines are left to soak, then retrieved. Longline fishing does not damage benthic habitats and allows fishermen to select fish species and size by choice of hook size and design, which minimizes any potential bycatch.