Turtle Island released a Public Service Announcement video (watch here) to call consumers attention to the impact of ordering a California driftnet caught swordfish.
Confusion! That was the result of a meeting yesterday by the Costa Rican authorities to present the position the country will adopt during the upcoming 2nd Meeting of Signatories (MoSII) of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of Migratory Sharks of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), to be held in Costa Rica next February 15th to 19th. Instead of presenting the official country position, the positions of the Vice Ministry of Oceans and of the Institute of Fisheries (INCOPESCA) were presented.
Wondering why the movement to kick the California driftnet fishery out of California’s waters is growing? Here are the top five reasons.
The ocean and marine conservation organization, Turtle Island Restoration Network launched a new campaign to call for a phase out of California’s driftnet fishery.
Turtle Island’s new report, ‘Deadly Water: The Threat of Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels to Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches’ examines the impacts of sea level rise on major sea turtle nesting beaches for the seven species of sea turtles. The report identifies major nesting beaches that are at risk from climate change such as French Frigate Shoals in Hawaii where green sea turtles nest, and Padre Island National Seashore in Texas where Kemp’s ridley sea turtles nest.
Driftnets have been called “curtains of death,” and California’s fishery seems to meet this definition. Setting out huge, mile-long nets out to float in the ocean off the coast of California, it indiscriminately catches whatever swims into the nets.
A model released to the media in December 2015 calculates that as many as 320,000 turtles including Kemp’s ridleys, greens and loggerheads have been impacted by the oil spill, not just in the Gulf but also where turtles migrate to South America and Western Africa.
Turtle Island Restoration Network’s new report ‘Driftnet Overview’ outlines how the California driftnet fishery for swordfish is among the most wasteful fisheries in the world in terms of bycatch (unwanted animals caught and discarded). The just-released-report examines new data that shows the driftnet fishery is a threat to marine mammals, sea turtles and sharks; targets toxic high-in-mercury fish; is a drag on California’s economy; and hampers efforts to clean up international fishing practices.
This week the Galveston Bay Estuary Program hosted a State of the Bay Symposium, bringing together nonprofits, state and federal agencies and community stakeholders to hear presentations and panel discussions on challenges and successes regarding the health of Galveston Bay.