Where to Get Sea Turtle Release Gear

Information to help fishermen comply with sea turtle release requirements contained in regulations published in the Federal Register [84 FR 22383] on May 17, 2019 for the Gulf of Mexico, and [84 FR 67236] on December 9, 2019 for the South Atlantic.

For more information, please see:

Sea turtle release gear are required for all vessels with a commercial and/or charter vessel/headboat federal Gulf of Mexico reef fish permit(s) or South Atlantic snapper grouper permit(s).

 

Required Item

Where to get it

Dipnet, Hoopnet, or Hoist (handle length must be 6 ft or 150% of freeboard height)

https://www.frabill.com/shop/nets/by-series/power-catch/power-catch-net

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0013BLULI/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_i_9sQrEbVQDG27M

Bluewater Tackle Howell Tackle

Fishermans Ideal Supply House Hiliner Tackle

Cushion or Support Device

https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/type-iv-flotation- cushion

https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/dbx-floating- throw-cushion- 18dbxudbxfltngthrwsr/18dbxudbxfltngthrwsr

16-24” Short-Handled Dehooker for Internal Hooks

https://dehooker4arc.com/store/product.cfm/mode/det

ails/id/408/17-bite-block-deep-hooked-sea-turtle- dehooker

16-24” Short-Handled Dehooker for External Hooks

https://dehooker4arc.com/store/product.cfm/mode/det ails/id/426/commercial-16-j-style-dehooker https://dehooker4arc.com/store/product.cfm/mode/det ails/id/406/arc-24-handheld-game-model-dehooker-

perfect-for-larger-stripers

https://dogfishtacklecompany.com/products/angler-tech-fish-hook-extractor?variant=33773794636

https://www.fishingheadquarters.net/hookremovers.html

https://www.amazon.com/Baker-H9S-Stainless-Steel-HooKouT/dp/B001449FX4

11” or larger Long-nose or Needle- nose Pliers

https://www.harborfreight.com/16-inch-long-reach- pliers-set-38598.html

https://jmtackle.com/products/boone-stainless-steel-hook-out-plier-11-5

https://www.harborfreight.com/11-in-Long-Reach-Needle-Nose-Pliers-64089.html

https://www.amazon.com/Pittsburgh-Reach-Needlenose-Pliers-Straight/dp/B006ZBANGY

14” or larger Bolt Cutter

https://www.amazon.com/HK-Porter-1490MC-

Industrial-Center/dp/B00002NB85

6” or larger Monofilament Line Cutter

https://www.tackledirect.com/jinkaimct.html https://www.tackledirect.com/jinkaimca.html http://fishsaltwatertackle.com/shop/1278-mono-cutter/ http://snlcorp.com/SNL/Tools/Cuttingtools.aspx http://fishsaltwatertackle.com/shop/cm100-stainless- mono-cutter/

http://hiliner.com/product-catalog/cutters/momoi- anvil-style/

http://hiliner.com/product-catalog/cutters/momoi- serrated/

http://hiliner.com/product-catalog/cutters/momoi- scissor-style/

 

 

At least Two (2) Types of the following Mouth Openers and Mouth Gags

10” or larger Block of Hard Wood

Any hardware supply store

Set of (3) Canine Mouth Gags

Small- 5”

Medium- 6”

Large- 7”

https://www.jorvet.com/product/canine-mouth-gag-large/

https://www.jorvet.com/product/canine-mouth-gag-medium/ https://www.jorvet.com/product/canine-mouth-gag-small/

Set of (2) Sturdy Dog Chew Bones

Small- 3.5 - 4.5”

Large- 5.5 - 8”

https://www.petsmart.com/dog/toys/interactive-toys/nylabone-durachew-bone-chew-dog-toy-11078.html

https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/nylabone-original-dura-chew-dog-chew

https://www.petsupermarket.com/dura-chew-bone-orginal/product/SCM00031

Set of (2) 3’ Rope Loops Covered with Protective Tubing

Any hardware supply store

Hank of Rope

Any hardware supply store

Set of (4) PVC Splice

Couplings

1”, 1.25”, 1.5”, 2”

Any hardware supply store

9” or larger Large Avian Oral Speculum

https://kruuse.com/products/consumables/consultation/consultation-consumables/oral-speculum-for-birds-large https://www.pattersonvet.com/ProductItem/078023455

 

Additional sea turtle release gear required for vessels with a commercial and/or charter vessel/headboat federal Gulf reef fish permit(s) or South Atlantic snapper grouper permit(s) and a freeboard height of greater than 4 ft.

 

Required

Item

Where to get it

Long- Handled Line Cutter (6 ft or

150% of freeboard height)

https://dehooker4arc.com/store/product.cfm/mode/details/id/417/4-noaa- laforce-middle-section-extended-reach

Hiliner Tackle

Fishermans Ideal Supply House

Long- Handled (6

ft or 150% of freeboard height) Dehooker for Internal

Hooks

https://dehooker4arc.com/store/product.cfm/mode/details/id/409/arc-6-pole- big-game-dehooker-perfect-for-billfish https://dehooker4arc.com/store/product.cfm/mode/details/id/410/arc-8-pole- breakdown-2-4-sections-big-game-dehooker https://dehooker4arc.com/store/product.cfm/mode/details/id/411/arc-12-pole- breakdown-2-6-sections-big-game-dehooker

Long- Handled (6

ft or 150% of freeboard height) Dehooker for External Hooks

https://dehooker4arc.com/store/product.cfm/mode/details/id/409/arc-6-pole- big-game-dehooker-perfect-for-billfish https://dehooker4arc.com/store/product.cfm/mode/details/id/410/arc-8-pole- breakdown-2-4-sections-big-game-dehooker https://dehooker4arc.com/store/product.cfm/mode/details/id/411/arc-12-pole- breakdown-2-6-sections-big-game-dehooker

Long-

handled

Device to

pull an

‘‘Inverted

V’’ (6 ft

(1.83 m) or

150% of

freeboard

height)

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/aftco--taper-tip-gold-anodized-aluminum-fishing-gaffs--P019_570_006_503

https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/offshore-angler-ocean-master-carbon-fiber-gaff

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/aftco--tapered-fiberglass-gaffs--P019_582_003_500?recordNum=1

 

Disclaimer:  All sea turtle release gear must meet the specific requirements in Appendix F to Part 622. Check Federal Register notices and applicable regulations as the final authority for required tools and specifications in the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish fishery and South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Fishery.  NOAA Fisheries does not approve, recommend or endorse any proprietary product or material mentioned in this table.  No reference shall be made to NOAA Fisheries, or to any publication furnished by NOAA Fisheries, in any advertising or sales promotion which  would indicate or imply that NOAA Fisheries approves, recommends or endorses any proprietary product or material herein or which has as its purpose any intent to cause or indirectly cause the advertised product to be used or purchased because of NOAA Fisheries publication.

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on February 21, 2020