In 2014 a record number of whales were entangled in fishing gear off the U.S. Pacific Coast, and this year initial rates are even higher. The unnecessary suffering and death are sickening -- which is why we need your help to demand that California's fishery managers enact immediate reforms to better protect wildlife.
According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, there were 30 unique reports of whale entanglements in 2014 off the West Coast -- most of them gray or humpback whales caught in lines connected to crab traps. That's nearly twice the number from the previous year and several times more than in years past.
The steep rise in entanglements is a clear sign that something is amiss and that measures taken so far by industry won't cut it.
June 22, 2015 Action Alert ID# 238
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