Dr. Geoff Shester, Program Director for California, at Oceana discusses the findings of their recently released report on the 9 dirtiest fisheries in America - two of them right off of our California Coast and in our foodshed. California is the last state allowing drift gill nets off of our coast and the results are horrifying. In the report titled Wasted Catch: Unsolved Bycatch Problems in U.S. Fisheries, Oceana explains that despite significant progress in the last decade, the catch of non-target fish and ocean wildlife, or “bycatch”, remains a significant problem in domestic fisheries. In fact, researchers have estimated that approximately 20 percent of the total U.S. catch is thrown away each year.
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