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Xiphiidae (Swordfish) Swordfish

Gear types: Drifting longlines
Vessel types: Longliners

Species EnvironmentPelagic species in oceanic waters but sometimes found in coastal waters (depth range 0-800 m). Generally above the thermocline. Migrate toward temperate or cold waters in the summer and back to warm waters in the fall. Adults are opportunistic feeders, known to forage for their food from the surface to the bottom over a wide depth range. Feed mainly on fishes but also on crustaceans and squids.
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