86% of California Voters Support Ending Destructive Gillnets

Large mesh drift gillnets are prohibited in every state in the country—except California. It’s time for that to change.

86% of California Voters Support Ending Destructive Gillnets

Problem: Drift gillnets have killed thousands of marine animals unnecessarily.

  • 60% – Portion of the drift gillnet catch that’s discarded by California’s swordfish fleet, including killed and injured whales, porpoises, sea turtles, and more.
  • 86% – Portion of California voters who support an end to destructive drift gillnets.

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.

Support bipartisan S.B. 1017 and help California's drift gillnet fleet transition to less harmful gear.

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