Turtle Island ’s new report ‘California Driftnet Fishery: The True Costs of a 20th Century Fishery in the 21st Century – Sea Turtle Impacts’ outlines how the California driftnet fishery for swordfish is among the most harmful fisheries in the U.S. to endangered sea turtles.
Turtle Island is the sponsor of a new bill authored by Senator Ben Allen designed to protect California’s marine wildlife by ending the use of deadly driftnets in California. The legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 1114, will end the most harmful fishing practice on the West Coast by transitioning California’s swordfish industry away from driftnets to more sustainable fishing technology.
enator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) announced today he will author legislation to protect California’s marine wildlife by ending the use of deadly drift gillnets off our coast.
Turtle Island welcomes Randall Arauz, a world renowned and award-winning biologist, to our team in the newly created position of International Director.
Turtle Island released a Public Service Announcement video (watch here) to call consumers attention to the impact of ordering a California driftnet caught swordfish.
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 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.
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This September, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) issued a landmark ruling that will put in place stronger regulations for the California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish. These new policies come after years of advocacy by Turtle Island Restoration Network and our partners, and may finally set the course to phase out the use of mile-long drift gillnets in California for good.