Increase Enforcement of Required Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) for Texas
Endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles face a dangerous situation in Texas this July when shrimp season opens and increased enforcement of sea turtle protection is needed. With a third of the Gulf of Mexico closed to any fishing due to the oil spill, the opening of shrimp season in Texas could result in hundreds more shrimpers trawling the waters offshore of Kemp's ridley nesting beaches and hundreds more injured, stranded, and dead sea turtles on Gulf beaches.
Preparing for the Worst
Sending a strong message now to Texas Parks and Wildlife and NOAA will ensure our message has been received while planning actions are still taking place. Every year we urge greater enforcement of TEDs, but this year the deadly duo of offshore oil and increased fishing pressure has prompted a call to all our members and allies to send a strong message that we will not stand for any more dead sea turtles in the Gulf killed by careless or negligent shrimpers.