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California's Drift Gillnet Fishery Too Deadly for Endangered Sperm Whales


Animals  (tags: wildlife, whales, protection, endangered, animalwelfare, animalrights )

Ena
- 348 days ago - biologicaldiversity.org
The National Marine Fisheries Service this week declined to issue a required marine mammal "take" permit for California's swordfish drift gillnet fishery in light of the recent entanglement of two sperm whales...This is a huge victory for sperm whales and



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Angela Marshall (14)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 1:08 pm
Gillnets should be banned...they kill hundreds of other fish and sea mammals that are not even the fishing target species...Terribly wasteful and tragic!!
 

Constance F. (438)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 1:15 pm
GOOD and kudos to all the people that submitted comments, and orgs. thank you for posting ! ~ and ditto Angela ! Good question here.
“This swordfish driftnet fishery indiscriminately kills whales, dolphin and sharks and should be shut down forever. Why should we allow this fishery to kill endangered species to deliver seafood known to be so high in mercury that the FDA has issued an advisory warning women and children not to consume swordfish, the target species?” said Todd Steiner, biologist and executive director of SeaTurtles.org.
 

FranNOMAILPLS Darcy (210)
Friday July 26, 2013, 1:04 am
noted
 

Danuta Watola (1174)
Friday July 26, 2013, 2:29 am
noted
 

Aud nordby (701)
Friday July 26, 2013, 11:38 pm
N&S
 

Kenneth L. (321)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:38 am
Thanks Ena!

Drift nets can be a mile long and as the first poster said, the bycatch is tremendous (other species inadvertently caught in net that die). Bottom trawling is only thing worse.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 2:45 am
noted
 

Yvette S. (30)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:29 am
Noted
 

Veronique L. (210)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:43 am
Noted with great sadness Ena
 

Nils Anders Lunde (526)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:53 am
Noted
 

Fi T. (16)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:23 am
Treasure this beautiful life
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:32 am
Noted & posted
 

Sandi C. (237)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:43 am
noted
 

June M. (96)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:08 pm
noted..thanks Ena for posting
 

PennyAWAY M. (124)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:54 pm
Noted, thanks for posting Ena.
 
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