The National Marine Fisheries Service is at last proposing lifesaving measures to keep sea turtles safe from shrimp trawls. Every year thousands of turtles needlessly drown in these nets set in the Gulf of Mexico and south Atlantic Ocean. Turtle-excluder devices, or TEDs, allow them to escape the nets -- but they're not yet an industry standard.
The proposed rule would require the use of TEDs for all shrimp trawls, saving thousands of sea turtles. And it would particularly benefit the Gulf shrimp fishery, whose image is tarnished by this bycatch.
February 14, 2017 Action Alert ID# 475
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