Urge Congress to Federally Ban Driftnets
The drift gillnet fishery is responsible for catching a myriad of ocean animals in mile-long nets as incidental "bycatch," killing and injuring dolphins, whales, sea turtles and sea lions in shocking numbers. Last fall, California passed a bill into law that will phase out the use of large-scale mesh driftnets in state waters over the next four years and transition to less harmful fishing gear.
Long overdue, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act legislation (S. 906 and H.R. 1979), were reintroduced in March 2019 to pass similar legislation on a federal level.
Please email your members of Congress today and urge them to vigorously support the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act.
Once passed, this legislation will phase out the use of harmful large mesh driftnets off the coast of California, the only place the nets continue to be used in the United States. Tell Congress: Let's ban "death nets" once and for all!
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