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Urge the Pacific Fishery Management Council to eliminate “walls of death”


Phasing out deadly nets will save hundreds of dolphins, whales and other marine animals in waters off California.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is meeting this month to discuss the future fate of the drift gillnet fishery. These mile-long nets, meant to catch swordfish and thresher sharks, entangle nearly everything that swims into them, drowning dolphins, whales, large sharks and thousands of unmarketable fish every year.

We need to retire this incredibly wasteful and horrifying fishing gear for good. Join us in urging the Pacific Fishery Management Council to phase out drift gillnets and replace them with selective fishing methods.

You can make the most impact by emailing the Pacific Fishery Management Council directly—so we’re making it easy for you!

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