Gill-net buy-back

MONTEREY — An environmental nonprofit out of Monterey is applauding this year’s state budget that is funding a transition away from deadly gill-net fishing by awarding commercial fishermen cash for turning in their nets — nets that have ensnared endangered sea turtles heading into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Gill-net fishing involves a wall of netting that hangs in the water column, typically made of monofilament or multifilament nylon.