Enough is Enough - Stop the California Drift Gillnet Expansion and End the Curtain of Death
The California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish and shark continues to capture and kill dolphins and sea lions, and to toss back, dead and damaged, 20 to 30 percent of its catch of fish. The capture and deaths of two endangered sperm whales were observed in the drift gillnet fishery in 2010, equal to an estimated total of 16 whales caught and injured or killed in the fishery.
Because the drift gillnet fishery is so deadlly to marine life of all kinds, it has been severely restricted. The use of longline gear to catch swordfish along our coast has been completely banned due to bykill of sea turtles. Yet federal fishery officials in defiance of longstanding California state policy and conservation laws are trying to expand this unsustainable fishery again!
Take Action! Tell National Marine Fisheries Service and the Pacific Fisheries Management Council to halt any further action to expand the California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish and shark or to introduce a pelagic longline fishery for swordfish and sharks off the U.S. West Coast.