West Coast fishery managers are considering reversing decades of evidence-based policy by lifting the prohibition on shallow-set pelagic longlines—one of the most damaging fishing methods in the world.
This move comes just a year after California passed legislation to transition its swordfish fishing fleet away from drift gillnets, another destructive fishing method. Any progress toward reducing harm to marine wildlife made by phasing out gillnets could be wiped out if pelagic longlines are allowed.
The ban on longlines has been in place since the 1990s—and with good reason:
Keep the prohibition on shallow-set pelagic longline fishing gear in place.
Tell California’s fishery managers to not take the bait and to oppose any efforts to authorize West Coast pelagic longlines.