Instructions for the Double-Cover Offshore Turtle Escape Opening for Single-Grid Hard Turtle Excluder Devices

July 26, 2019

Instructions for modifying or constructing a double cover escape opening for a single-grid hard TED for use in all inshore and offshore waters.

This document provides instructions for modifying or constructing a double cover escape opening for a single-grid hard TED for use in all inshore and offshore waters. All measurements are given in inches and apply to stretched mesh. The actual regulatory requirements are based on inches, not mesh size. These instructions include approximate mesh counts only to provide a general indication of the size of the required openings. The number of meshes required will differ depending on the mesh size of each net. 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 07/26/2019