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(LA Times)   Gill net ban serves its porpoise   (latimes.com) divider line
    More: Spiffy, Vaquita, Porpoise, Porpoises, Harbour porpoise, Cetacea, California's harbor porpoises, low-cost nets, set gill nets  
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2021-01-25 8:52:07 PM  
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Magnanimous_J: I wish we could ban them here in Washington State too, but tribal activists think destroying fish and wildlife in the laziest possible way is some kind of heritage that needs to be preserved.


They use drifting gillnets in puget sound, meaning they are attached to the fishing vessel, and hauled frequently...resulting in very little bycatch.
Anchored Gill nets are a little more problematic, as they are submerged, and left to soak...resulting in more bycatch, as it's not monitored.
The Gillnet horror stories people are familiar with are from illegal factory ships with miles of deep net, which would absolutely sweep the ocean...the nets in puget sound and Alaska are limited in length and depth, and are monitored by the fishing vessel.
 
2021-01-25 8:43:11 PM  
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I wish we could ban them here in Washington State too, but tribal activists think destroying fish and wildlife in the laziest possible way is some kind of heritage that needs to be preserved.
 
2021-01-25 10:17:56 PM  
2 votes:
Sorry; the Add Comment button moved under my finger as I was adding text.

This is great! But Trump vetoed it. Feinstein is going to reintroduce it.

// If your opposition is seaturtle.org, you just may be a twice-impeached, treasonous, money laundering rapist.
 
2021-01-25 10:14:07 PM  
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January 1, 2021:
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-env​i​ronment/532337-trump-vetoes-bipartisan​-driftnet-fishing-bill

https://seaturtles.org/trump-vetoes-b​i​partisan-bill-to-protect-marine-life-f​rom-cruel-driftnets/

From https://apnews.com/article/donal​d-trum​p-global-trade-dianne-feinstein-legisl​ation-defense-policy-b5b8c20c4e6df3d07​da37f8464e4bb8c :
It is illegal to use these nets in U.S. territorial waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, and off the coasts of Washington state, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii. They remain legal in federal waters off California's coast.
 
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