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Right now, dolphins off the California coast are at risk of slowly dying in drift gillnets - Many could slowly drown after a long struggle. Will you help?

Recently, the California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish resumed without desperately needed protections for at-risk animals. Now dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life could pay the price.

Oceana is fighting to get drift gillnets out of the water – but we need the strong support of dedicated ocean advocates like you with us.

Add your name right now to help protect dolphins from dangerous drift gillnets.

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Pacific Fishery Management Council:

I urge you to end the use of deadly drift gillnets in the swordfish fishery off the U.S. West Coast before more at-risk marine animals pay the price.

Mile-long drift gillnets, meant for swordfish and thresher sharks, form dangerous underwater walls of death that drown or critically injure an appalling number of other animals. These nets entangle and kill roughly one hundred protected marine mammals per year, continue to take endangered sea turtles and sperm whales, and kill unacceptably high numbers of non-target species such as blue sharks, bigeye thresher sharks, striped marlin, ocean sunfish, and others.

To maintain the health and biodiversity of the California Current marine ecosystem, drift gillnets should be prohibited and replaced with cleaner fishing methods. Last year, the Council committed to transition away from drift gillnets to cleaner gear types, and recently California legislators, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, called on you to support a transition plan that includes a definitive end to drift gillnets off the West Coast. Deep-set buoy gear is showing strong promise as an alternative fishing gear type that effectively targets swordfish with substantially less bycatch than drift gillnets or pelagic longlines. Hard caps should be an interim measure to provide critical marine life with additional safeguards while a full transition plan to clean gear types is developed and implemented.

Please safeguard our ocean wildlife; establish a transition plan that phases out and prohibits drift gillnets, with meaningful hard caps and 100 percent monitoring designed to reduce and control bycatch in this fishery as an interim measure.

Sincerely,

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Aug 6, 2017 Patrick Paine
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Aug 5, 2017 Jo Ardell
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Aug 5, 2017 Jürgen Fackler
Aug 4, 2017 merry winterfield tHE OCEAN IS ACIDIFYING, YIELDS ARE GOING DOWN, IT IS FILLED WITH PLASTIC FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE, CORAL REEFS ARE DYING DUE TO INCREASE TEMPERATURES... PLEASE VALUE WHAT IS LEFT. . SO LITTLE IS LEFT COMPARED TO JUST 50 YEARS AGO.. NO DRIFT NETS!!!!!!!
Aug 4, 2017 Rhonda Jobson
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