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California's Driftnet Fishery - AB2019


The California driftnet fishery for swordfish and shark is the most dangerous fishery for marine mammals along the U.S. West Coast from California to Alaska. Nets that stretch a mile are set to “soak” overnight, and catch and drown marine animals indiscriminately. 

Over the past decade, more than 1,300 sea lions, dolphins, whales and turtles drowned after getting tangled in the large-mesh drift gillnets targeting swordfish and shark.

The vessels operating in the drift gillnet fishery accidentally capture and kill more whales and marine mammals than any other fishery along the U.S. West Coast.

Join us in calling for a phase out of the fishery once and for all.  Support AB 2019. Until then, we urge you to swear off swordfish and shark (if you haven't already).


Fishery Managers to Vote on Swordfish Vs. Whales and Sea Turtles
March 7th, 2014

Protect Whales, Dolphins and Turtles from Driftnets - Support AB 2019

AB 2019 - Driftnet Ban Support Letter for Individuals

AB 2019 Driftnet Ban Support Letter for Organizations

AB 2019 Driftnet Bill - Fact Sheet

New CA Bill to Ban Driftnet Fishing to Protect Whales, Dolphins and Sea Turtles
February 20th, 2014

California's Deadliest Catch - New Report Calls for End to Drift Gillnets
by Teri Shore, Program Director

New Video - Todd Steiner Exposes California's Deadliest Catch

CA's Deadliest Catch - Ranked #1 in Harm to Whales
May 22nd, 2013

California's Deadliest Catch - View Video
April 26th, 2013

Swordfish Caught in Driftnets is California's Deadliest Catch
April 22nd, 2013

Thousands Oppose Drift Gillnet Expansion into Turtle Habitat
March 11th, 2013

New Science Predicts Extinction of Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles in 20 Years
February 26th, 2013

New Science Confirms Leatherback Decline
by Teri Shore, Program Director
February 26th, 2013

Lawsuit Launched to Save Whales, Sea Turtles, Sharks From California’s Deadly Fishing Nets
September 6th, 2012

Deadly Fishery Expansion Proposed Into California’s Sea Turtle Protected Area
March 6th, 2012

SeaTurtles.org Opposes West Coast Fishery Expansion

Motions to Expand West Coast Swordfish Fishery
March 5th, 2012

Pacific Loggerhead Sea Turtles Declared Endangered
September 16th, 2011

Illegal Drift Gillnet Fisherman Caught in California Jeopardizing Leatherbacks
September 14th, 2011

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