Congress Has One More Chance to End Drift Gillnets

Theresa LabriolaTheresa Labriola, Pacific Program Director

December 5, 2022

In November, Wild Oceans joined 20 other sportfishing organization in asking Congress prioritize and approve the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (H.R. 404 and S. 273), again, as it did in the 116th Congress. This bipartisan legislation will finalize the transition of the California drift gillnet swordfish fishery, the last fishery in the country that uses large mesh drift gillnets. At a time when few issues find consensus, this legislation finds support from a diverse coalition of sport fishermen, recreational fishing businesses, ocean conservationists and wildlife advocates. With just weeks left before the end of term, Congress has one more chance to end drift gillnets. Read our entire letter here

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