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The California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish and shark is the most dangerous fishery for sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals along the U.S. West Coast from California to Alaska.

The California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish and shark is the most dangerous fishery for whales and other marine mammals along the U.S. West Coast from California to Alaska.

Over the past decade, 885 dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals were caught in the large-mesh drift gillnets targeting swordfish and shark.

The ~20 vessels operating in the drift gillnet fishery accidentally capture and kill more whales and marine mammals than any other observed fishery along the U.S. West Coast.

While drift gillnets are no longer used in Oregon, Washington and the High Seas because of their deadly toll on endangered wildlife, California’s  drift gillnet fishery targeting swordfish and thresher shark continues to operate.

Nets that stretch a mile are set to “soak” overnight, and catch and drown marine animals indiscriminately.

Join us in calling for a phase out of the fishery once and for all. Until then, we urge you to swear off swordfish and shark (if you haven’t already).


Read our latest reports.

Take action today to end this destructive fishery.

Read a fact sheet on California Senate Bill SB 1114, the Sustainable Swordfish and Marine Life Protection Act.

Watch our PSA video.

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