There's a Better Way than Drift Gillnets

There's a Better Way than Drift Gillnets

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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On West Coast, Public Strongly Favors Switch in Swordfish Gear

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The message from an overwhelming number of citizens, including sport fishermen, sustainable-seafood suppliers, chefs, and elected officials, is clear: The West Coast swordfish fleet should switch to gear that spares marine wildlife from the injury and death inflicted by large-mesh drift gillnets.

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A Better Way to Catch Swordfish

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Innovative fishing gear minimizes injury and death for whales, sea turtles, and other ocean life.

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A Better Way to Catch Swordfish
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What Is Bycatch?

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"Bycatch" refers to all the fish and other marine creatures incidentally caught or killed by fishing gear. In commercial fishing, this happens on a huge scale: Nets and fishing lines often stretch for miles, indiscriminately snaring all manner of life—including whales, porpoises, sea turtles, and even birds.