CA Driftnet Fact Sheet

Driftnet Bill Fact Sheet

Protect Whales, Dolphins and Sea Turtles

Support AB 2019 – End Driftnets

Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-San Jose), 

Co-authors – Assemblymembers Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and Anthony Rendon (D-Lynwood) 

Sponsored by Turtle Island Restoration Network and Oceana

AB 2019 proposes to:

  • Protect whales, dolphins, sea turtles and marinewildlife from needless death in wasteful driftnets.
  • End use of driftnet fishing gear.
  • Allow active CA swordfish fishermen to switch to lowerbycatch fishing gears.
  • Maintain prohibition on high bycatch pelagic longlinegear along the California coast.

Driftnets are Curtains of Death for Marine Wildlife:

Every fishing season mile-long driftnets set to soak overnight in California’s coastal waters entangle an average of 130 protected whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions, as well as thousands of sharks, sunfish and other fish. Sea turtles are also at risk. The vast majority of marine wildlife is dumped back into the ocean, dead or injured. The swordfish and shark they keep is high in mercury — and the U.S. FDA warns women and children never to eat it. After four decades of federal and state restrictions and regulations, the CA driftnet fishery remains the most wasteful and deadly of any commercial fishery along the U.S. West Coast.

  • Driftnets are already banned in Oregon and Washington and the High Seas due to the deadly toll on endangered marine wildlife.
  • It’s time to stop hundreds of whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, and sharks and thousands of unwanted fish from needlessly drowning in driftnets along the California coast.
  • Take Action at SeaTurtles.org: Support AB2019 with a letter Assemblyman Fong, co-authors and your state representatives.

Download the fact sheet here.

Download the full report here.