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Swordfish Photos Showing This Swift Predator That Uses Its Bill as a Sword

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Swordfish, Xiphias gladius, are fished for food, which is mostly served as steaks. However many sources warn about the problem of mercury poisoning and advise at risk populations such as chidren, pregnant woman and the elderly to limit consumption. Swordfish are highly migratory fish and are harvested worldwide. A 1996 study reported that North Atlantic swordfish are overfished, at 58% of the level of the largest annual yield that could be continuously sustained.This overfishing has been a major factor in the decline of the U.S. harpoon and recreational swordfish fisheries. Swordfish stocks in the Pacific Ocean are considered almost fully fished, also. Analysis also indicates that current levels of harvest in the South Atlantic are not sustainable.

The nations with the highest swordfish catches in the North Atlantic are Spain, the USA, Canada, Portugal, and Japan. Brazil, Japan, Spain, Taiwan, and Uruguay are the nations that catch the most swordfish in the South Atlantic. In 1995, there were more than 1,900 active swordfish vessels in the US, mostly longlining fishers, although the fishery began as a harpoon industry. Most of the swordfish taken by the U.S. fishing industry are juveniles.

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Picture of the extension off the bow of this commercial fishing vessel which is used for harpooning swordfish, Xiphias gladius . Catalina Island, California, USA

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Image of swordfish, Xiphias gladius, caught in open-ocean drift gill nets, Mediterranean Sea

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Stock photo of a great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, appraoching swordfish, Xiphias gladius, pen and ink illustration

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Photo of a green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, with longline hook in flipper. Hawaiian longline fishermen who target swordfish are allowed to hook, tangle, or otherwise interact with a minimum number of turtles before they are prohibited to fish. Maui, Hawaii, USA.

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Picture of swordfish, Xiphias gladius, carcasses, Nanfang'ao fish market, Suao, Taiwan, Republic of China

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Image of commercial fishing vessel, fishermen handle catch of swordfish, Xiphias gladius, Italy, Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic

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Stock photo of a free leaping swordfish, Xiphias gladius, Azores Islands, Portugal, North Atlantic

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Photo of a swordfish, Xiphias gladius, being hauled onboard after being incapacitated with a shotgun. Catalina Island, California, US

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Picture of a free leaping swordfish, Xiphias gladius, Azores Islands, Portugal, North Atlantic

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Image of of a baby broadbill swordfish, Xiphias gladius, replica, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of fresh steak-cut fillets of broadbill swordfish meat for sale at supermarket in Kailua Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, known as shutome in Hawaiian and mekajiki in Japanese, Xiphias gladius, local products

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Photo of a swordfish, Xiphias gladius, Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil

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Picture of a swordfish, Xiphias gladius, captured in longline, St. Peter and St. Paul's rocks, Brazil, Atlantic Ocean

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Image of a swordfish, Xiphias gladius, captured in longline, St. Peter and St. Paul's rocks, Brazil, Atlantic Ocean

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