Save Whales & Sea Turtles from the Secret Massacre off our Coast

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Did you know that the California swordfish driftnet fishery captures and even kills whales, sea turtles, sharks, and dolphins?

  • This fishery of less than 25 boats is among the worst 20 percent of all fisheries globally.
  • These fishermen toss back, dead and damaged, almost two-thirds of their catch.
  • One animal in five caught by this outdated fishery is listed as “Threatened” under an international conservation treaty.

Take Action! Tell the Pacific Fisheries Management Council to close this deadly fishery once and for all.


Dear Governor Jerry Brown and the Pacific Fisheries Management Council,

I am writing because I care about endangered sea turtles and sperm whales.

I urge you to not only halt any further action to expand the drift gillnet fishery for swordfish off the U.S. West Coast, but to put an end to this outdated fishery.

Drift gillnets have been banned on the High Seas and not legal in any other state because of high bycatch of marine life including endangered whales, dolphins, sea turtles, shark, tuna and other non-target fish. Recently, two endangered sperm whales were entangled and killed in the California drift gillnet fishery, while the legal authorizations for the fishery were allowed to lapse. As a result, the fishery is operating in violation of conservation laws protecting marine mammals.

Any actions to increase gillnet fishing conflict with new protections given to sea turtles over the past year, including designation of critical habitat for Pacific leatherbacks along the West Coast and the uplisting of the Pacific loggerheads from threatened to endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Now is time to take action to protect California's marine wildlife. I urge you to begin to phase out the drift gillnet fishery along our coast and instead to support sustainable fishing practices that don't compromise the health of endangered species, sperm whales, fisheries and our oceans.


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