Keep California Waters Free of Drift Gillnets
Gillnets typically hang from floats the water’s surface and are either anchored in place or allowed to drift. 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.
The California-based swordfish drift gillnet fishery, which predominately fishes federal waters offshore California, is the last place in the U.S. where these deadly large mesh drift gillnets are allowed.
Nowhere else in the country is this wasteful fishing gear allowed. It’s time that California catches up with the rest of the country, and many other parts of the world, and recognizes that drift gillnets have no place in our marine waters.