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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,

Petition Signatures


Mar 29, 2017 Rachel Cranage
Mar 29, 2017 Irma Janauskaite
Mar 29, 2017 ANDREA CORTES
Mar 29, 2017 Catherine Gnader
Mar 29, 2017 Kathy Verratti
Mar 29, 2017 Ronald de Moura
Mar 29, 2017 Robin Bos
Mar 29, 2017 Jolene Robbins
Mar 29, 2017 Stacey Blackwell
Mar 29, 2017 Jamie Polczynski
Mar 29, 2017 Dominique Ryba
Mar 29, 2017 carmen omescu
Mar 29, 2017 Joyann Ayre
Mar 29, 2017 dana ozolina
Mar 29, 2017 suzanne kruger
Mar 29, 2017 Jodi Landowski
Mar 29, 2017 marines bloss
Mar 29, 2017 Barbara Simpson At the rate humans are going we will have a bleak barren world
Mar 29, 2017 Nadene Herringshaw
Mar 29, 2017 Amy Wheeler
Mar 29, 2017 Melissa Brown
Mar 29, 2017 Joan Jones Gill nets do NOT belong in the ocean The damage they do is immeasurable. There has to be a better way.
Mar 29, 2017 Lori Stevens
Mar 29, 2017 Gail Patak
Mar 29, 2017 Jacqueline Newman
Mar 29, 2017 Seneca Beshers
Mar 29, 2017 Cari Gattolliat
Mar 29, 2017 Theresa Miller
Mar 29, 2017 Barbara Kludy
Mar 29, 2017 Rebekah Donahue
Mar 29, 2017 Greg Burrows
Mar 29, 2017 Rebecca DuPre
Mar 29, 2017 Linda Tabor-Beck
Mar 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 29, 2017 Debbie McKevitt
Mar 29, 2017 Marion Nesbitt
Mar 29, 2017 Adri Perez
Mar 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 29, 2017 Elsa Rodriguez
Mar 29, 2017 Evelyn Terryberry
Mar 29, 2017 Pamela Holley
Mar 29, 2017 Brenda Weitzel
Mar 29, 2017 Denise Zamora
Mar 29, 2017 Nancy Hile Please end the use of drift gillnets off the West Coast!
Mar 29, 2017 lisa Gray
Mar 29, 2017 Stephanie Valys
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Mar 29, 2017 Doreen Martin
Mar 29, 2017 Rosaline Bond
Mar 29, 2017 tracey kanno

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