The name standing rigging fishing is easy to explain. It is actually a wall of netting or just a single net that can be set in different directions. Standing rigging can be set up along the bottom or it can float and it is built using floats with a weighted bottom line. The fish swim as if against a wall and get caught up in it. This method is simple and effective and is usually applied around wrecks or obstructions where fish are hiding. Standing rigging fisherman in Europe catch fish such as sole, eel, turbot, sea bass and harder. The standing rigging method is also used for catching swordfish-like species. Standing rigging fishing has little bycatch and is considered sustainable. Standing rigging fishing at sea is regulated and has its ‘limitations’. The length of the net can be up to 25 km long. Oops! Is that really sustainable? Standing rigging fisheries can be divided into two groups.
The gillnet method uses a coarse net in which the fish’s head gets stuck so that it cannot escape. This method is particularly selective. Fish that are too big will not get stuck in the net while very small fish swim through it.
The entangling method is very effective. Entangling nets that are very fine-grained nets that are hung in front of the coarse gill net. It goes without saying that both large and small fish are caught herein.