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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NOAA Reaches Settlement with NGOs on Turtle Lawsuit, Issues Proposed Regulations For Skimmer Trawls

NOAA REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH NGOs ON TURTLE LAWSUIT, ISSUES PROPOSED REGULATIONS FOR SKIMMER TRAWLS   SSA greatly appreciates NOAA’s efforts to successfully negotiate a settlement that rejects the repeated and unjustified demands of environmental NGOs to shut down the entire shrimp fishery due to its interactions with Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. Link to settlement: https://www.shrimpalliance.com//?p=1830   SSA has a long […]

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NRDA TED Project Cost Estimate

Project Cost Estimate Analysis Deployment of New Turtle Excluder Devices in Shrimp Fisheries Southern Shrimp Alliance   For the purposes of this project cost estimate analysis, there are three potential categories of shrimp vessels to which this project may apply from the 8 shrimp producing states (NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, TX).  This analysis assumes the average cost […]

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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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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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Commentary on Sea Turtles

Go to Oceana’s web-site and you’ll see this (http://act.oceana.org/letter/l-turtles-gulf/): Save Turtles From Dying Shrimp nets are drowning turtles, but they don’t have to. Dead sea turtles are washing up on Gulf shores by the hundreds. More are falling uncounted onto the ocean floor. They are victims of drowning, caught in shrimp nets and unable to escape. Shrimp nets don’t have […]

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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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