Take care of the world’s endangered sea turtles
the US will not buy your shrimp.
Saving the sea turtles seems to be of high interest to the Obama administration. This week they have acted to protect them from drowning in shrimp nets in Costa Rican waters. This is the third time in 10 years Costa Rican fisheries have been banned from selling theri wares in the highly profitable US market.
For years shrimpers have ignored the need to put proper ly functioning TEDs on their catch nets to reduce the number of turtles caught and destroyed. These devicces can decrease the loss of turtles by 90%.
Seems that for the love and protection of sea life is not enough to get fisheries to put up the money for the devices. So the US State Department has banned Costa Rican shrimp from being shipped into the U. S. until further notice.
Because Costa Rican’s have ignored the need for the TEDs in the past, the embargo is squarely puts the responsibility for responsibly practices in Costa Rica’s lap.
Protect sea turtles from capture and death in trawl nets by using Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) is the wording in the new law from the State Department awaiting publication in the Federal Register.
What is a TED?
A “Turtle Excluder Device” is a grid of bars with an opening either at the top or the bottom of the trawl net. The grid is fitted into the neck of a shrimp trawl. Small animals such as shrimp pass through the bars and are caught in the bag end of the trawl. When larger animals, such as marine turtles and sharks are captured in the trawl they strike the grid bars and are ejected through the opening. Initial TED designs did not allow for the release of larger leatherbacks and hardshell turtles and TED openings were later redesigned to address this problem.
Thanks every one who helps save our world-staff NC
Excerpts courtesy of seaturtles.org
“U.S. Halts Costa Rican Shrimp Shipments For Failure To Protect Sea Turtles”
Image 1. courtesy of celebrating200years.noaa.gov/fisheries/image650
Image 2 courtesy of afma.gov.au