Urge your US Senators to Take Action on California's Driftnet Fishery - Support Senate Bill (S.2773)
After a nearly 20 year long campaign, Turtle Island Restoration Network and other partners successfully urged California Governor Jerry Brown to sign a bill (SB 1017) that will phase out the use of large-scale drifnets, also known as 'walls of death,' that are used to catch swordfish but also trap a myriad of oceans animals. SB 1017 was signed into law on September 27, 2018.
These mile-long nets are extremely harmful, as notoriously high numbers of animals, including protected species such as dolphins, sea lions, and seabirds, are caught, killed, and thrown away by the driftnet fishing industry.
Large-scale driftnet fishing has already been banned in countries around the world, and driftnet fishing has been phased out off the U.S. East Coast, and restricted in Oregon and Washington states.
It’s time for us to protect all U.S. waters from the destructive driftnet fishing industry.
We’re calling on Congress to phase out the use of driftnets used to catch swordfish to protect our oceans and greatly reduce needless suffering of animals every year
Please contact your Senators today and urge them to them to take action to provide basic protections for our oceans and marine wildlife.
Thank you for taking action!