USA: Senate Refuses Action To Save Marine Creatures From Driftnet Deaths !!



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Dear Mark,

It is with a heavy heart that I let you know that our driftnet bill did not make it out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and will not become law this year.

Chairman Lara did not allow the bill to go to a vote by the committee. Sixty percent of the bills in the suspense file did not make it out of the Appropriations Committee.

Although this bill ultimately did not succeed in becoming law, we are not giving up on saving thousands of ocean animals from being injured and killed by driftnets. We will be evaluating next steps, and we will be reaching out to you again in the future to get these deadly nets out of the waters off California’s coast.

Thank you for all the work you did bringing this issue to the attention of the public and to lawmakers. Our work was strengthened by your caring and involvement.

The bill was covered in the San Diego Union Tribune, the Sacramento Bee, the Orange County Register and many other publications.

Supporters sent more than 5,000 e-mails to Senator Lara’s office in a matter of a few days, and nearly 27,000 people signed a petition that was distributed to the California Senate.

Legislators received hundreds of calls in support of the bill.

More than 30 organizations signed onto our letter in support of the bill. Over 250 scientists signed onto a letter to stop using driftnets.

Our fight is not over!


Cassie Burdyshaw
Advocacy & Policy Director
Turtle Island
Restoration Network