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Indiscriminate Killing

dolphin_FOIA_bycatchOff the coast of California, giant mile-long fishing nets are left to “soak” overnight. In the morning, fisherman pull up their catch – and that catch often includes dead dolphins, with water in their lungs and netting dug into their skin.

These dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles and whales struggle to escape, but the nets are so massive and strong that it’s nearly impossible. Trapped, they struggle until they run out of air.

For the fishing industry using these walls of death, dead dolphins are just another part of doing business.

Enough is enough. Oceana’s new report has identified these drift gillnets as among the top offenders in the nation – and now it’s time to hold them accountable and change these devastating practices.

Our new report on the needless waste and death of marine wildlife revealed some truly horrifying numbers. Nine U.S. fisheries fish so indiscriminately that they have to throw out almost as much as they bring to shore, and much of this wasted catch dies before or after being tossed overboard.

These fishing practices irreversibly harm our precious ocean ecosystems, indiscriminately killing animals big and small, and leaving millions of edible fish like cod and halibut sinking dead to the bottom of the sea.

Simple changes—like switching from giant nets to selective harpoons—would make a huge difference, and we need the help of ocean-lovers like you to make them a reality. Your gift today will help Oceana push for stronger enforcement and better regulations to minimize wasted catch, put pressure on these fisheries to do the right thing, and protect the amazing animals who call our oceans home.

But stopping them won’t be easy. We will need to influence legislation, put people on the ground, and keep the story in the press to get these fisheries to clean up their act. Put simply, we won’t be able to do it without people like you standing behind us.

Please, help make the difference for dolphins and sea turtles. Chip in by midnight on Friday to join Oceana in the fight to protect ocean wildlife in the U.S. and around the world. »

These fisheries are driven by profits – not what’s right. Changing their ways is going to take time and money. Your help is critical to keep up the fight so that we can continue to put pressure on the worst offenders and the federal government to enforce stronger common-sense regulations.

I’m so glad we have you with us for these critical fights.

For the oceans,
Susan Murray
Deputy Vice President, Pacific
Oceana

Dolphin Deaths in US

Dear Gabriel,

Did you know that dolphins are being killed right off our shores?

You haven’t seen it in the newspaper, but it’s true. In the northeast US alone, around 600 dolphins – some of the smartest, most playful animals in the world — were caught by fishing nets in just the last year.

And that is just in one place. This is happening wherever people fish. We are working to cut these tragic deaths, but we need your help.

Free dolphins from fishing nets. Tell the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to protect dolphins and the ocean»

One of the worst offenders are gillnets: weighted walls of mesh that sink to the ocean floor and trap everything large enough to get its fins caught in the net – and far too often, that means dolphins.

We need more eyes on the ocean to count the number of dolphins caught and killed – and that’s where you come in.

We are working to ensure that fishery managers minimize the deaths of dolphins and other marine mammals, count the dolphins they do catch, and stay within the set limits. We need your help to tell the government that we simply can’t stand by and let dolphins drown in fishermen’s nets.

Dolphins have complex brains and human-like levels of self-awareness. They are suffering – and we can’t let it happen anymore.

If we all make our voices heard, we can minimize these deaths. Tell the US government to free dolphins from fishing nets»

For the oceans,
Emily Fisher
Oceana

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