Problem: Drift gillnets have killed thousands of marine animals unnecessarily.
Solution: Pass California S.B. 1017 to phase out drift gillnets.
S.B. 1017 would phase out destructive drift gillnets and allow California’s fishermen to transition to less destructive gear, such as deep-set buoy gear. Buoy gear provides fishermen a way to land swordfish quickly and get them to market sooner, resulting in a higher price, while minimizing harm to other animals. After more than seven years of on-the-water testing, buoy gear is a better option.
California is better than drift gillnets.