Please select your home edition
Edition
Raymarine AUS Lighthouse 3 Annapolis 3.9 - TOP

California may soon unravel controversial nets used to harvest swordfish

by Alastair Bland 9 Nov 2018 06:37 UTC
Swordfish like this one, sunning itself off the coast of Ventura, Calif. have traditionally been caught in drift gillnets. But ocean activists say the method is unsustainable because it captures too many other sea creatures. © Douglas Klug/Getty Images

Ocean activists seem to be on the eve of winning a long battle against a controversial type of fishing gear that has been banned in most of world's oceans. But many fishermen are not ready to let go of what has been a reliable method for catching valuable swordfish.

A federal court ruling last week could lead to strict limits on using drift gillnets in California, one of the last places where the gear is still allowed. Drift gillnets are used to snag swordfish but prone to ensnaring other sea life, too. The court decision comes weeks after the state's governor signed a law that would phase the nets out of use over the next few years.

Todd Steiner, an environmentalist who has fought for stricter regulations on drift gillnets since the 1990s, believes the time has come to ban them everywhere.

To read more please go to the original article.

Related Articles

McCord mounts All-American comeback
In five years of fishing the Illini Division as a boater, McCord has banked four top-10 finishes After putting together bags of 13-11 and 15-3, respectively, on the first two days of the tournament, which was presented by General Tire, McCord brought a limit of 16-3 to the weigh-in stage on day three to win the All-American at just 22 years old. Posted on 9 Jun
National Championship Top 10 Baits
Julian Suero and Anthony Vintson stuck with black and blue swim jigs Earning the W by the skin of their teeth, the Murray State duo of Adam Puckett and Blake Albertson flipped with a black, blue and purple Reaction Innovations Spicy Beaver. Posted on 8 Jun
Opinion: High school fishing makes a difference
Justin's story is not a new one; it's been repeated hundreds of times Fortunately for Justin, the winds of change stirred along the shores of Lake Okeechobee, and a little well-timed fate intervened when a local law enforcement officer and a few like-minded parents decided to start a fishing team at the school. Posted on 30 May
Top 10 Baits from Lake Chickamauga
Most people probably don't equate Lake Chickamauga to spinning rods and finesse techniques Most people probably don't equate Lake Chickamauga to spinning rods and finesse techniques, but both were prevalent during the FLW Tour event presented by Evinrude on Chick. Posted on 8 May
Top 10 Baits from Santee Cooper
There were three predominant patterns at Santee Cooper There were three predominant patterns at Santee Cooper: Pitching wacky rigs to cypress trees, sight-fishing and the shad spawn. Yet, they weren't the only patterns, as a couple locals managed to do plenty of damage with some locals-only offshore patterns Posted on 1 May
Top 10 Baits from Kentucky Lake
April is transition time in the Tennessee Valley As we saw at the Costa FLW Series Central Division opener presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, some of the best baits for catching bass this time of year are old-school springtime classics Posted on 11 Apr
Vinita sacks 22-11 on Texoma
2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Texoma Open The Vinita High School duo of Tyler Lake and Jessie Woodward, both of Vinita, Oklahoma, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 22 pounds, 11 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Texoma Open. Posted on 9 Apr
Top 10 baits from Grand Lake
If you're going to fish here, you'd better be good with a spinnerbait If you're going to fish Grand Lake this time of year, you'd better be good with a spinnerbait. The FLW Tour event at Grand Lake last week sure showcased that. Posted on 4 Apr
52 rusty fishing boats painted
To preserve marine biodiversity in the Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic's northwest most hand reaches out to dip its fingertips in the Masacre river, boarding Haiti. Right there at the border, during the month of February, Spanish public art collective, BOA MISTURA painted fifty-two boats Posted on 31 Mar
Top 10 baits from Chickamauga
A healthy dose of lipless crankbaits and umbrella rigs Prespawn on Lake Chickamauga usually means a healthy dose of lipless crankbaits and umbrella rigs, so it wasn't surprising that those were exactly the baits that dominated for the top 10 at the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event Posted on 27 Mar
Marina Exchange FOOTER 1Raymarine AUS Lighthouse 3 Annapolis 3.9 - BOTTOMNanni Diesel 2019 Footer