NOAA Fisheries Delays the Date Requiring TED Use for Skimmer Trawls

Today, NOAA Fisheries announced a delay in the effective date for the Final Rule requiring skimmer trawl vessels 40 feet and greater in length to use turtle excluder devices (TEDs). The effective date is now August 1, 2021 instead of April 1, 2021. Due to safety and travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NOAA Fisheries gear team has not been able to […]

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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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Southeast Fishery Bulletin

ALL SHRIMP OTTER TRAWL FISHERMEN MUST READ THIS!   It is imperative that all shrimp otter trawl fishermen read and fully understand the information provided below.   The future of your fishing operations and the entire Gulf & South Atlantic shrimp otter trawl fishery is at stake. At the request of and with extensive input from the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA), […]

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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



Gutting Commentary Critical of NMFS on TEDs FW: Urner Barry’s FTD Trade Alert 07 June 2012

[Richard Gutting Commentary]   “Only please, Brer Fox, please don’t throw me into the briar patch”   This week shrimpers and NOAA officials are debating whether turtle excluder devices must be used in skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls and wing nets – gear used by smaller vessels to catch shrimp in the shallow coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and […]

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