Guide for Checking Double-Cover Turtle Excluder Device Opening

July 26, 2019

Instructions for measuring the double cover and the 71-inch escape opening for singe-grid hard Turtle Excluder Devices (TED)s.

This document provides instructions for measuring the double cover and the 71-inch escape opening for singe-grid hard TEDs. Unless otherwise noted, all measurements are given in inches and apply to stretched mesh. The actual regulatory requirements are based on inches, not mesh size. These instructions summarize regulations at 50 C.F.R.223.207 (a) (7) (ii) (C), 223.207 (d) (2) (ii), and 223.207 (d) (3) (iii). It is the responsibility of the owners and vessel operators using these instructions to insure that their TEDs meet all regulatory requirements.

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Last updated by Southeast Fisheries Science Center on 07/29/2019