California has taken a major step towards protecting sea turtles, dolphins, whales, and other beloved marine animals from drowning in mile-long walls of sunken mesh.
Last month, the California legislature passed a law that would phase out the use of these massive nets, known as “drift gillnets.” But we still need Governor Brown to sign the bill.
Our ocean wildlife can’t wait. Tell Governor Brown to sign SB 1017 into law.
While these nets are used to catch swordfish, they also snag an appalling number of non-target species. Among the 70 species injured and drowned by drift gillnets are the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle, multiple whale species, dolphins, sea lions, billfish, and the whimsical mola mola, or “ocean sunfish.”
SB 1017 would phase out the use of drift gillnets and facilitate a transition to far more sustainable fishing gear. By doing so, it will protect our precious ocean wildlife while promoting a cleaner swordfish fishery—but only if the bill actually becomes law.
Tell Governor Brown to sign SB 1017 into law for the benefit of our amazing ocean wildlife and all of the Californians who love and depend on it.