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Protect sea turtles -- ban harmful gillnet fishing in California

Action: Wildlife Conservation

April 8, 2016   Action Alert ID# 360

 

With scientists predicting extinction for leatherback sea turtles as soon as 2030, the killing of even one more of these rare, ancient animals is too many. That's why the turtles need your support for California Senate Bill 1114, which would ban the use of indiscriminate drift gillnets.

Drift gillnets are fishing nets as long as the Golden Gate Bridge that are set out to drift overnight, unattended, through our oceans. While the nets are intended for swordfish and sharks, they catch just about everything in their mile-wide path. Whales, dolphins, sea lions and endangered leatherback sea turtles are snared in these "walls of death" where they drown, their bodies thrown away as trash.

Fortunately, a California senate bill has been proposed that would transition California's fisheries away from wasteful gillnets to targeted, more sustainable hook-and-line gear. This bill gives hope to rare and vanishing marine animals like leatherbacks.

April 8, 2016   Action Alert ID# 360

 

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