The California driftnet fishery for swordfish and shark is the
most dangerous fishery for marine mammals along the
U.S. West Coast from California to Alaska. Nets that
stretch a mile are set to “soak” overnight, and catch and drown marine
Over the past decade, more than 1,300 sea lions, dolphins, whales and
turtles drowned after getting tangled in the large-mesh drift gillnets
targeting swordfish and shark.
The vessels operating in the drift gillnet fishery accidentally capture and kill more whales and marine
mammals than any other fishery along the U.S. West Coast.
Join us in calling for a phase out of the fishery once and for all. Support AB 2019. Until then, we urge you to swear off swordfish and shark (if you haven't already).