December 10, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) issued the following statements after the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, which he introduced along with Rep. Fitzpatrick this Congress. The bill, which shares identical language with the Senate-passed companion measure, S. 906 - introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) - will phase out the use of large mesh drift gillnets off the coast of California and create a path toward more sustainable fishing.

“Drift gillnet fishing is an antiquated and unsustainable method of catching swordfish.” Rep. Lieu said. “Being responsible stewards of the oceans will prove to be critical if we want to prevent further damage to our marine ecosystems. I am grateful for the broad support of this legislation and I look forward to seeing the President sign this bill into law.”

“I am pleased to see our bipartisan and bicameral Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act pass the House. This legislation will protect marine life off the coast of California and promote better fishing practices across the United States,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “I would like to thank Rep. Lieu for his partnership on this legislation. As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, I’m committed to ensuring our government is doing its part to promote animal welfare.”