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Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) reintroduced the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act which aims to align state and federal policy to support the modernization of California’s swordfish fishery. The California drift gillnet fishery is the last remaining fishery in the country using these types of large mesh gillnets – which are a mile long and indiscriminately catch anything in their path. Last Congress, this legislation received unanimous support from the Senate and passed the House by a…

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Anglers Mending Fishing Net

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (S. 906) to phase out large-scale driftnet fishing in federal waters off California. Authored in the Senate by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), and in the House by Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), the bill passed the U.S. Senate in July and now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature. The Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act…

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After decades of trying to clean up the California swordfish fishery, it remains one of the most antiquated fisheries in the country.  Unfortunately, time is running out for the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Driftnet Modernization & Bycatch Reduction Act.  In late July, the U.S. Senate passed their version of the Driftnet Modernization & Bycatch Reduction Act, and now the U.S. House of Representatives has the opportunity to end this wasteful, and outdated fishing practice. Currently, federal waters…

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