Submission of Comments on TEDs/Skimmer Trawls

Anyone who would like to submit comments regarding the TEDs/Skimmer Trawl issue the information is below to submit your testimony to NOAA: Scoping Period Ends April 29, 2016. For more information and to summit comments contact: Michael.Barnette@noaa.gov Fax: 727-824-5309            or Michael Barnette Southeast Regional Office Protected Resources Division 263 13th Avenue South St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5309

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IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR ALL SHRIMP SKIMMER TRAWL FISHERMEN

NMFS has issued the following Fishery Bulletin to remind all skimmer trawl fishermen of the critical importance of compliance with tow-time restrictions for this fishery. As in the past, failure to comply with these requirements will likely lead to the conclusion that sea turtle strandings are caused by the skimmer trawl fishery. In turn, this is likely to generate additional […]

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TEDs Not Required in Skimmer Trawls

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) welcomes the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) decision not to implement a requirement for skimmer trawls to have TEDs installed until further research is conducted and the results fully understood.  While SSA remains actively committed to sea turtle and all other bycatch conservation in the shrimp fisheries and firmly believes that all sources of sea turtle […]

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New TED Compliance Rules in Effect

SSA urgently reminds all Gulf and South Atlantic shrimp trawl fishermen that they are now subject to a new system for protecting sea turtles.    As explained in further detail below, these new requirements are a result of the settlement earlier this year of a lawsuit filed by several environmental organizations against NMFS. These new requirements place a new fleet-wide performance […]

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1 Comment on New TED Compliance Rules in Effect

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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NMFS Denies Oceana petition, SSA Comments on Scoping Documents

NOAA Denies Oceana Petition On August 3rd, NOAA denied the final of three separate petitions from environmental groups that sought emergency closures or restrictions of shrimp fishing due to a large number of unexplained sea turtle deaths in the Gulf of Mexico. The strong actions of the agency are a huge victory for the shrimp industry.  The final denial letter […]

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