Reducing sea turtle bycatch in trawl nets: A history of NMFS turtle excluder device (TED) research

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Abstract

Thirty-six years ago, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service began research on how to reduce mortality of sea turtles, Chelonioidea, in shrimp trawls. As a result of efforts of NMFS and many stakeholders, including domestic and foreign fishermen, environmentalists, Sea Grant agents, and government agencies, many trawl fisheries around the world use a version of the turtle excluder device (TED). This article chronicles the contributions of NMFS to this effort, much of which occurred at the NMFS Mississippi Laboratories in Pascagoula. Specifically, it summarizes the impetus for and results of major developments and little known events in the TED research and discusses how these influenced the course of subsequent research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-44
Number of pages19
JournalMarine Fisheries Review
Volume74
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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