A wide variety of fish and shellfish species support a mostly small-scale fisher
y, operating near to the coast. Over 40 types of gear are used in the Mediterran
ean. Most common type is trawlgear for benthic species; coastal purse seiners
for small pelagics; trammel and gillnets for inshore species; and purse seines,
long surface gill nets, and longlines are used for large pelagic fish.