You have a chance to save endangered species from dying in drift gillnets. Legislation [S. 273/H.R. 404] recently passed the Senate that would require the California swordfish fishery to phase out the use of harmful, large mesh drift gillnets and facilitate the switch to cleaner fishing methods. The bill now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Mile-long swordfish drift gillnets entangle, injure and kill large migratory ocean animals, including bottlenose dolphins, endangered sperm whales and critically endangered leatherback sea turtles. California passed legislation in 2018 that will phase out the use of state drift gillnet permits and provide transition funding to those fishermen who voluntarily turn in their nets and permits. Newly authorized innovative deep-set buoy gear provides a profitable alternative method for drift gillnet fishermen to continue catching swordfish without killing so many other ocean animals. By passing this federal law, we will ensure that these “walls of death” are eliminated from all U.S. waters for good.
We need to act fast to save marine life at risk of dying in drift gillnets.
Tell your representatives in Congress to support legislation to end the use of large mesh drift gillnets off the West Coast and protect at-risk species from being killed.
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