|Stop the killing of dolphins and whales. Support AB 2019 and ban deadly drift gillnets from waters off California. End this atrocity.|
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In the Pacific Ocean off California’s coast, mile-long driftnets are used to capture swordfish and thresher sharks. But that’s not all they catch. When the nets are deployed in the evenings to soak overnight to ensnare their targeted catch, they also entangle large open ocean travelers like whales and sea turtles.
In the morning, when the nets are pulled from the water onto the fishing boats they contain disturbing and unacceptably high numbers of dead and dying animals—including whales, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, numerous shark species and many other ecologically and economically important fish—as bycatch. For example, in 2011 for every five swordfish landed one marine mammal was killed and six fish including sharks and tunas were tossed overboard dead or dying. The nets inflict such devastation to marine life that they have earned the name “Walls of Death.”
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