Gillnets – A National Issue
It’s common sense – “walls of death” don’t make for thriving fisheries.
Gillnets typically hang from floats the water’s surface and are either anchored in place or allowed to drift. As fish attempt to pass through, the netting gets caught in their gills and traps them. Due to their design, gillnets are unable to harvest one targeted species of fish. As such, they are referred to a “non-selective gear.” All other resident species – fish or not – often become ensnared as well.
Gillnets are a long-standing problem in many states. Some are in the fight to stop them now, while others have battled and rightfully won.