Take Action: Support Solutions for Sea Turtles, Whales, and Dolphins

In September, the Pacific Fishery Management Council has the opportunity to advance the authorization of an innovative fishing gear designed to avoid the capture of whales, dolphins, and sea turtles in California’s swordfish fishery: deep-set buoy gear.

Act now: Ask fishery managers to authorize deep-set buoy gear.

Successfully tested for over six years off the West Coast, deep-set buoy gear offers an innovative way to catch swordfish without the unwanted catch of marine wildlife, known as bycatch. This gear targets swordfish in cold, deep water during the day to avoid other sensitive species near the surface and produces a higher-quality product that can demand more than double the price of a swordfish caught with destructive fishing gears such as drift gillnets or longlines.

The drift gillnets currently used in the California swordfish fishery also capture whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and other species. By avoiding these sensitive species and providing a local product to West Coast markets, deep-set buoy gear offers a win-win solution for fishermen and marine wildlife.

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