Call your CA assemblymember to pass this bill to protect our whales and other marine mammals.
This video specifically references North Atlantic right whales, but the harm caused by traditional fishing gear to our own whales and other marine animals is exactly the same. And unnecessary.
On April 8th, the CA State Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, including our newly-elected Assemblymember Steve Bennett, will meet for the first time this year on an agenda that includes AB-534 Fishing: ropeless fishing gear. The technology to protect our sea mammals from increasingly frequent rope entanglements and slow painful deaths already exists, and it has proven benefits for the fishing industry as well. So, please reach out to your own state assemblymember, and/or to the committee itself, to tell them that we want this bill to pass.
- Minimal call script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [__] to support AB-534 Fishing: ropeless fishing gear. (Add in any personal experiences you have with sea mammals…)
- Letter to the committee: Must be submitted by March 30, at 12:00 noon. Instructions here.