Update: On Feb. 4th, 2022, the U.S. House passed a bill banning the use of driftnets in federal waters as an amendment to the America COMPETES Act. The bill is now in conference, where it will be settled with a previously passed Senate version, before it goes on to President Biden for signature.
It’s time to stop the needless slaughter of dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine wildlife by driftnets off the coast of California.
Driftnets are outdated and destructive to wildlife. Dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals are being mercilessly killed off the coast of California by a fishing practice intended to catch swordfish, but which indiscriminately scoops up other species.