We’re asking restaurants to take unsustainably-caught swordfish off the menu, and we need your help. Let restaurants know that customers aren’t happy supporting driftnets and longlines by calling our boycotted restaurants. Not sure what to say? Here’s a sample script:

Hi, my name is (insert your name). I’m calling because I’m requesting that (insert name of restaurant or grocery) stop selling unsustainably caught swordfish. Fisheries use billions of hooks and thousands of miles of nets in the ocean to catch swordfish. These practices are decimating ocean wildlife like sea turtles, whales, and sharks. I care about ocean wildlife and I hope you do too. 

Feel free to personalize and add to the script. For example, if you are a customer of the restaurant or grocery, let them know! You can also let the business know where they can find additional information by giving them Turtle Island Restoration Network’s website URL (

Also be prepared to answer questions about the campaign, and know that you may occasionally encounter a less-than-friendly manager. If you do, don’t let it bother you too much—change never comes easily!

Need additional talking points for your call? Here are some suggestions:

  • The popularity of swordfish as a food has created high demand and led to overfishing of some swordfish stocks.
  • The main methods of catching swordfish, longlines and driftnets, actually catch more ocean animals than they do swordfish.
  • Some of these wasted animals are endangered species, such as humpback whales and leatherback sea turtles.
  • Nearly 800 marine mammals have been killed in the California driftnet fishery in the past decade.