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Important Reminder from NOAA Fisheries: Turtle Excluder Device (TED) Requirements are Now in Effect

February 15, 2022

FB22-006: Southeast Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, FATES Division, Gear Research Branch, Gear Monitoring Team: Canh Nguyen (228) 355-8372, Jason Letort (228) 355-8667, Jeff Gearhart (228) 369-4265 or v

TED Requirements for Skimmer Trawls:

  • In an effort to strengthen sea turtle conservation efforts, NOAA Fisheries is offering a reminder to the shrimp industry of current TED requirements. A TED is a device that allows sea turtles to escape from trawl nets, and their use is required by regulations implemented under the Endangered Species Act. TEDs aid in the protection and recovery of sea turtle populations by reducing their incidental bycatch and mortality in southeastern U.S. shrimp fisheries.
  • Currently, all vessels using otter trawls and all vessels 40 feet and greater in length using skimmer trawls must have properly installed TEDs in their nets. Vessel length is the length specified on the vessel’s state vessel registration or U.S. Coast Guard vessel documentation required to be onboard the vessel while fishing.  Skimmer trawl vessels less than 40 feet in length may also choose to use properly installed TEDs, but if they do not, those vessels must still comply with maximum tow time limits  (i.e., 55 minutes from April 1 through October 31 and 75 minutes from November 1 through March 31, as measured from the time the codend enters the water until the time the codend is emptied of catch on deck).  Other limited exemptions from the TED requirements can be found at 50 CFR 223.206(d)(2)(ii).

 

Important Note: TEDs are made to order and this does take time. Vessel owners who haven’t yet acquired TEDs should consider getting orders in well in advance of their planned fishing trips to make sure they don’t experience delays.

 

We Can Help:

  • To schedule a courtesy compliance TED check please contact the Gear Monitoring Team at TED.info@noaa.gov, Canh Nguyen (228) 355-8372, Jason Letort (228) 355-8667, or Jeff Gearhart (228) 369-4265.

 

Upcoming TED Workshops and Additional Information:

 

TED Manufacturers: (updated 2/10/22)

  • Due to questions coming into our Southeast Fishery Science Center’s Gear Monitoring Team, we also want to provide a list of skimmer trawl TED manufacturers. NOAA Fisheries is not recommending any specific manufacturer. The list below is intended to inform the industry and public of existing skimmer trawl TED manufacturers. The list is not exhaustive and will be updated if additional manufacturers are identified.

 

Louisiana 

Alario Brothers Marine Supply

894 Ave A

Westwego, LA 70094

Eva Alario (504) 341-1843

Bob’s Net Shop

5170 Rogers St

Lafitte, LA 70067

Bobby Boudreaux (504) 689-3592

Chine's Cajun Net Shop Inc   

1901 N Bayou Dr

Golden Meadow, LA 70357  

Chine (985) 475-6788

Cutoff Net Shop

175 W 80th Street

Cutoff, LA 70345

Troy Terrebonne (985) 637-8046

Fishermen's Net & Supply Co 

4540 Downman Rd

New Orleans, LA 70126 

Warren Delacroix (504) 244-8767 

The Net Doctor 

5325 Bayouside Drive 

Chauvin, LA 70344 

(985) 804-4501 

Toni’s Marine Supplies 

598 Destrahan Avenue 

Harvey, LA 70058 

Thomas Nguyen (504) 347-1254 

 

Touchard Marine Supply 

403 LA-14

Delcambre, LA 70528 

Clark Touchard (337) 685-2715 

 

 

Mississippi

Alabama

Southern Supply Company

326 Howard Ave

Biloxi, MS 39530

John Nguyen (228) 435-4401

 

Nelson’s Net Shop

16746 Kennedy Rd

Bon Secour, AL 36511

Shell Nelson (251) 949-7325

 

Brunson Net & Supply Co Inc

17778 US-98

Foley, AL 36535

(251) 943-6911

 

North Carolina

 

 

Gordon's Net Works

1571 Bricklanding Rd SW

South Brunswick, NC 28470

(910) 754-9713

 

 


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on February 15, 2022