Gillnets – California
California’s Proposition 132 banned the use of gill and trammel nets in coastal waters within 3 miles of central and southern California. The measure took effect in 1994 and has resulted in vast improvements to sea life and allowed sport fish seasons for anglers to remain viable.
State lawmakers are now pushing to permanently extend the gillnet ban past the 3-mile protected zone so it will apply to the swordfish fishery. Gillnets targetting swordfish have indiscriminately killed thousands of sharks, marine mammals, and other animals since the 1980s. To reduce bycatch, the state is proposing to replace gillnetting and phase in more sustainable methods.