West Coast residents take pride in managing natural resources sustainably. However, many would be surprised to learn that off the California coast, thousands of animals are unnecessarily entangled and killed by an indiscriminate form of fishing gear targeting swordfish and thresher sharks. Nets as long as a mile, submerged at night for hours at a time, catch many animals the fishermen never intended to catch – including whales, leatherback sea turtles, blue sharks, dolphins, and many species of fish.

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A Better Way to Catch Swordfish

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Deep-Set Buoy Gear: A Better Way to Catch Swordfish

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From late summer to early winter, the waters off California are home to a relatively healthy population of swordfish coveted by West Coast seafood lovers. But eating swordfish can pose a dilemma for those who want local seafood caught in the least destructive way possible. Fortunately for those consumers, West Coast fishery managers are considering whether to authorize the use of deep-set buoy gear, an innovative fishing method designed to catch swordfish while minimizing the wasteful killing of other Pacific marine life.