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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.


Petition Signatures

Jun 27, 2017 Veronica Salas
Jun 27, 2017 Deb Hall
Jun 25, 2017 Carolina Nunes
Jun 25, 2017 Marianne Frei What will it take for humans to get this in their heads ! ! ! . . . .Wildlife is so important to the Eco-system ! ! ! . . . Protect it ! ! !
Jun 24, 2017 Federica Maurizi
Jun 24, 2017 Yukari Rozenoff
Jun 24, 2017 Christine Melnick
Jun 24, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jun 23, 2017 Helen Wright
Jun 23, 2017 linda schutte
Jun 22, 2017 michael guest This is terrible! These nets are like ocean death traps for dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and other marine creatures. That's totally unacceptable. Get these banned for good!
Jun 22, 2017 sirena green
Jun 22, 2017 Maristela Gonçalves
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Anja Van Divier
Jun 21, 2017 karina oleynikov
Jun 21, 2017 Sabina Taneja
Jun 21, 2017 Brandon Woodward
Jun 20, 2017 Dana Allen Gil nets are too dangerous for marine mammals and should be banned.
Jun 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2017 Lisa Almaraz
Jun 19, 2017 Rachael Erickson
Jun 19, 2017 Cecilia Barea
Jun 19, 2017 jennifer haegeman
Jun 19, 2017 angelique manen
Jun 19, 2017 Ingrid Brown
Jun 19, 2017 isabelle mure
Jun 18, 2017 Bobby Wynn
Jun 18, 2017 Gareth Wynn
Jun 18, 2017 Ariel Wynn
Jun 18, 2017 Peggy Wynn
Jun 18, 2017 Paula Laxton
Jun 18, 2017 Martha Wallace
Jun 18, 2017 Francine DiBernardo
Jun 18, 2017 Rickey Ramseur
Jun 18, 2017 Carol Brecht-Wiles
Jun 18, 2017 Juliet Textor
Jun 18, 2017 Farrah Middleton
Jun 18, 2017 Deborah Thomas
Jun 18, 2017 Keiko Barrett
Jun 18, 2017 Alice Bergmann
Jun 18, 2017 Margaret Ojeda
Jun 18, 2017 Mikail Barron
Jun 18, 2017 J Mcconnell
Jun 18, 2017 gisela zech
Jun 18, 2017 Teresa Silha Too much collateral damage with gill nets!
Jun 18, 2017 J S Deran
Jun 18, 2017 Jessie Vosti
Jun 18, 2017 Carol Ignaczak
Jun 18, 2017 Eva Pendy

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