Demand the Shrimp Trawl Fishery Stop Killing Sea Turtles!
Thank you to the thousands of supporters who joined us in calling for a halt to the sea turtle killings by the Gulf of Mexico shrimp trawl fishery before the August 23 deadline! You can still sign-on below to be added to our list of sea turtle supporters.
The Gulf of Mexico shrimp trawl fishery has been the leading killer of endangered sea turtles in the U.S. since the 1980s, drowning thousands of innocent sea turtles each year. Take action today to demand an immediate overhaul of this fishery to increase sea turtle protections!
Give Sea Turtles a Break from Trawling
The shrimp fishery must give sea turtles a break and temporarily stop trawling when sea turtles are abundant during nesting season. Most states close the shrimp trawl fishery for one to two months each year, but shrimping beyond state lines never stops!
Require TEDs on All Trawls - Close the Deadly Loophole
If endangered sea turtles are to recover in the Gulf, all trawls must have TEDs.
Skimmer trawls are not required to use TEDs in their nets. Once uncommon, they currently outnumber other trawls by three to one in Louisiana, where shrimpers deliberately exploit this deadly loophole.
Shrimpers Rig Nets to Kill Sea Turtles
Enforcement of TEDs laws have become so lax in recent years that shrimpers were recently caught sewing the sea turtle escape hatch shut or failing to install a TED at all. Click here to access all the details.
Take action before August 23 to shape the future of the Gulf of Mexico shrimp trawl fishery.
Make the biggest impact with a personal email letter! Written comments on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) should be sent electronically via e-mail to Michael.Barnette@noaa.gov
or physically via U.S. mail to
Michael Barnette, Southeast Regional Office, Protected Resources Division, 263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5505.