Evaluations of turtle excluder devices (TEDs) with reduced bar spacing in the inshore penaid shrimp fishery of the northern Gulf of Mexico

, Dan Foster & Lee Saxon
Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) have been required in the southeastern United States penaeid shrimp trawl fishery since 1989 to reduce the mortality of sea turtles associated with shrimp trawling. TEDs are metal sorting grids placed in the trawl forward of the codend. Larger animals, such as sea turtles, are directed to an escape opening in the trawl, while smaller ones, including shrimp, pass through the grid bars and into the codend. Federal TED requirements set...
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