Help Keep U.S. Waters Free of Destructive Drift Gillnets

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to bring commercial swordfish fishing in California in line with all other U.S. and international swordfish fisheries.

The Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act – S. 2773 – would phase out the use of indiscriminate mile-long drift gillnets off the California coast by 2020.

Large-mesh drift gillnets, often called “walls of death,” produce excessive bycatch and waste, resulting in half of the catch being discarded as unwanted, prohibited, or protected species. They are an out-of-date fishing method and need to be eliminated from all U.S. waters.

Supported by many recreational fishing organizations, the bill would help transition this fishery away from wasteful drift gillnets to more sustainable gear types. It will ensure that all U.S. waters are free of this highly destructive fishing gear.

Send a message to your Senators today and ask them to support this important legislation.