FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chris Smith
News Releases 2003
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On February 21, 2003, NOAA Fisheries issued a final rule (68 FR 8456) amending turtle excluder device regulations to better protect large loggerhead, green, and leatherback sea turtles. One of the provisions of this final rule will disallow the use of a hooped hard TED in the Gulf and Atlantic offshore waters. Since publication of this final rule, NOAA Fisheries has heard from fishermen, especially in Louisiana, who prefer to use a version of hooped hard TED known as the Coulon TED because they believe it is effective at increasing shrimp retention and releasing turtles and other bycatch.
Fisheries has worked with the inventor of this TED and the fishermen
who use it to develop a Coulon style TED with a larger opening. NOAA
Fisheries has tested this new hooped hard TED design and has found it
capable of releasing large loggerhead and green turtles as well as leatherback
turtles during shrimp trawling. Therefore, NOAA Fisheries has approved
the large Coulon TED for use in offshore and inshore
The entire Federal Register notice that announced the proposal to allow the use of the Coulon TED, which includes graphics depicting its approved dimensions and configuration can be found at the following web site:
This and other news releases are available on the SERO homepage at http://caldera.sero.nmfs.gov.
Fisheries is an agency of the Commerce Department's National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration.