Summer Flounder Trawling Requirements

Overview

Authority
Endangered Species Act
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
05/17/2002

Summary

To protect sea turtles, summer flounder trawlers in waters off Virginia (south of Cape Charles) and North Carolina must use an approved Turtle Excluder Device (TED) installed in a TED extension (a cylinder of webbing in which the TED is installed), constructed of webbing no larger than 3.5 inch (8.9 cm) stretched mesh. Trawlers north of 35°46.1′ N. lat. (Oregon Inlet, NC) are exempt from this requirement from January 15 through March 15 each year.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 09/05/2019

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