The drift gillnet fishery for swordfish and shark is California’s deadliest catch.
Our new exposé and call for action, California's Deadliest Catch, investigates the problems and history of
the wasteful, high bycatch California swordfish and shark fishery and
why the state of California needs to take pre-emptive action to end
gillnetting along our coast.
We must stop whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and thousands of fish from needlessly drowning in drift gillnets along the California coast — once and for all.
Sign Petition to Phase Out the CA Gillnet Fishery.
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California's Deadliest Catch Full Report 10 MB
California's Deadliest Catch Charts and Tables
Top 10 Reasons to Phase out the CA Drift Gillnet Fishery
Top 10 California Fish Species by Landing and Value
Top U.S. Fish Species by Consumption
U.S. FDA Warning To Women Not To Eat Swordfish or Shark
California's Deadliest Catch by Section
California's Deadliest Catch Overview
California's Deadliest Catch Conclusions and Recommendations
California's Deadliest Catch Marine Species at Risk
California's Deadliest Catch Fin Fish Species
California's Deadliest Catch Appendices
California's Deadliest Catch ReferencesFew Californians realize that a high bycatch drift gillnet fishery
that targets swordfish and thresher shark operates off the California
coast with deadly consequences for ocean wildlife.
Most people are shocked to learn that mile-long invisible “curtains
of death” are allowed to drift all night through the rich congregation
of marine life that thrives off California’s shores. The CA drift
gillnet fishery entangles, injures and kills the full spectrum of
endangered and protected marineOver
the past decade, more than 1,300 whales, dolphins, and turtles drowned
as bycatch after getting tangled in these large-mesh drift gillnets.
wildlife that relies on the
California Current: whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, bluefin tuna,
ocean sunfish, and dozens of other fish species, and sea birds.
Over a hundred thousand giant ocean sunfish and ten thousand blue sharks were also caught and discarded during the last 10 years.
Even with a large area of U.S. West Coast waters off limits to California’s gillnets for three months of the year to protect critically endangered leatherbacks, two of these vulnerable sea turtles were seen in the gillnet gear by CA gillnet fishing fleet observers in 2012 and 2009.
After more than a decade of successfully halting destructive fishing initiatives over and over again, Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) is now mobilizing a grassroots campaign to phase out the deadly California drift gillnet fishery once and for all.