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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Influencing Fisheries Management Plans

EXPLORE FURTHER: Red Snapper ManagementBlacknose Shark Management Smalltooth Sawfish Management Bottlenose Dolphin Regulations New Sea Turtle Regulations Loggerhead Turtle Reclassification Artificial Reef Placement Offshore Aquaculture Fisheries Ecosystem Plan In 2008, a Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC) was developed to protect important deepwater coral.   The SSA’s negotiations with the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC), NMFS and other interest groups […]

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Addressing Permit and Gear Requirements

EXPLORE FURTHER: Rock Shrimp Permit Requirements NPDES Permits Bycatch Reduction Devices Latent Moratorium Shrimp Permits The environmental community, including the Ocean Conservancy, has launched a new campaign to eliminate what they refer to as “latent” permits in the Gulf shrimp fishery—meaning those permits associated with vessels that have not made shrimp landings in recent years for whatever reason.  Amendment 13 […]

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Proposed Rule on Loggerhead Turtles

Congressman Solomon Ortiz (D-TX) and Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) recently met with NOAA officials to press NOAA to defer consideration of the substantive aspects of the Agency’s Proposed Rule to substantially alter the current status and treatment of loggerhead sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) until after ongoing aerial survey research and data can be incorporated into a […]

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