California drift gill nets escape legislative ban; new technology promises to reduce bycatch

Local fishers have won a hard-fought battle against environmentalists working to ban the use of controversial gill nets, which are notorious for snagging unintended victims in their underwater synthetic webs. A bill in the state Legislature that would have likely shut down a local swordfish and thresher shark drift gill net fishery failed its first committee hearing despite widespread support from ocean and environmental advocates. Read more here  15:04

  • Joseph Daughtry

    is there no longline fishery there?

    • Theo P. Neustic

      Nope, too destructive. Just like every other form of fishing, they’ve got something against it…