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Reps. Lieu and Fitzpatrick Roll Out Bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act

Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), both Members of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, rolled out the bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, which would phase out the use of large mesh drift gillnets off the coast of California and set a path toward more sustainable fishing in the region.

5 Tips for Effective Advocacy

Advocacy is a show of public support for a policy or cause. In our case, it’s actually a combination of many various displays of support for ocean-friendly policies. We never know what will tip the scales in favor or against our causes, which is why it’s important for everyone who’s invested to make their voices heard in every way they can.

Update: Ban Death Nets

The campaign to end harmful driftnet fishing for swordfish, also known as “curtains of death” or “deathnets”, is making amazing progress!

Sens. Feinstein, Harris and Capito Introduce Federal Legislation to Ban “Driftnets” in Commercial Fishing Industry

Sens. Feinstein, Harris and Capito Introduce Federal Legislation to Ban “Driftnets” in Commercial Fishing Industry
Bipartisan legislation proposed on the heels of undercover investigation of controversial fishing practice

(California, April 26) – Just two weeks after a coalition of animal protection and ocean conservation organizations released undercover video footage documenting the cruelty of the California driftnet fishery for swordfish, U.S. senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced legislation to phase out this fishery by 2020.

Thank You, Volunteers!

Volunteers with our Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) program have started the year in full force!

Boycott Swordfish to Save Ocean Wildlife

Turtle Island Restoration Network recently launched a swordfish boycott to protect ocean wildlife from deadly commercial fishing methods. Swordfish has become a popular food offered in restaurants and markets, and ocean wildlife is dying as a consequence.

Nest Patrols with Joanie Steinhaus

It was a pretty exciting nesting season! Turtle Island Restoration Network is a leading advocate for endangered sea turtles – from tiny Kemp’s ridley