SSA Welcomes Enforcement of Turtle Excluder Device Laws

Today, NOAA’s Office of General Counsel for Enforcement and Litigation assessed civil penalties to the owners and operators of eighteen shrimp trawlers for allegedly altering or not having turtle excluder devices (TEDs) on their vessels. The Southern Shrimp Alliance applauds the enforcement of laws designed to protect sea turtles. “Deliberately altering or refusing to use TEDs is completely unacceptable behavior. […]

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Press Release on NOAA’s Denial of ENGO Petitions

Contact: Deborah Long,  804.360.0074   NOAA Denies Petitions to Restrict Shrimping Due to Unexplained Sea Turtle Deaths   Tarpon Springs, FL—The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has denied three separate petitions that would have immediately shutdown the U.S. shrimp industry due to a large number of unexplained sea turtle deaths in the Gulf of Mexico.  The rationale provided by NMFS […]

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Sea Turtle Update

Today SSA met with Assistant Secretary of Commerce Dr. Larry Robinson, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eric Schwaab, NMFS Southeast Regional Administrator Roy Crabtree and several other NOAA fisheries officials as part of its comprehensive effort to defend the shrimp fishery against efforts by environmental groups to shut down the fishery due to turtle strandings. This meeting culminates a series of […]

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Message Regarding TED Manufacturers

As part of Southern Shrimp Alliance’s commitment to improve compliance with TED requirements in the shrimp trawl fishery, please be advised that it is not a valid defense against prosecution for a TED violation to claim that the TED you purchased from a TED manufacturer (net shop) was illegal when you bought it. This is true whether or not you […]

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TED Compliance Update

With the scheduled reopening of the Texas Closure on Friday, I want to remind our fishermen of the crucial need to ensure that your TEDs are in full compliance before leaving the dock.  Please take this message very seriously.  Like it or not, your fishery and livelihoods are at stake.  We all know this can be done. Once again, contact […]

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Shrimpers Address Turtle Excluder Device Compliance Problem

Tarpon Springs, FL– The Southern Shrimp Alliance, a trade association representing the U.S. shrimp fishery, launched a campaign this week directed at restoring full industry compliance with crucial laws regarding the use of turtle excluder devices (TEDs) in fishing nets.  The goal of the campaign, directed at shrimp fishermen throughout the Gulf and South Atlantic region, is to restore TED […]

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A Message on Turtle Excluder Device Compliance

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM JOHN WILLIAMS ON TED COMPLIANCE Although our shrimp fishery has been well known and respected for its high level of compliance with TED requirements, something has changed.  Don’t shoot the messenger, but our fishery’s TED compliance rate has fallen sharply from the 97 percent compliance rate we were all so proud of—and which has allowed our fishery […]

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