Analysis of sea turtle bycatch in the commercial shrimp fisheries of Southeast U.S. waters and the Gulf of Mexico

Epperly, Sheryan and Avens, Larisa and Garrison, Lance and Henwood, Terry and Hoggard, Wayne and Mitchell, John and Nance, James and Poffenberger, John and Sasso, Chris and Scott-Denton, Elizabeth and Yeung, Cynthia (2002) Analysis of sea turtle bycatch in the commercial shrimp fisheries of Southeast U.S. waters and the Gulf of Mexico. Miami, FL, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service/Southeast Fisheries Science Center, (NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC, 490)

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Abstract

The coastal shrimp trawl fisheries have long been the focus of conservation actions to reduce turtle bycatch and mortality in the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Atlantic (NRC, 1990). Calculation of catch rates of sea turtles in shrimp trawls is necessary to evaluate the impact on sea turtle populations. In this paper we analyze sea turtle bycatch to provide an estimate of the current number of interactions with otter trawl gear as well as an estimate of the number of fatal inions in Southeast U.S. waters and the Gulf of Mexico. We also provide an estimate of the number of individuals likely to die in the future with the new regulations that will require an increase in the size of the escape openings in trutle excluder devices (TEDs). The new regulations will allow many more turtles to escape. Other gears also are discussed. (PDF contains 24 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Analysis of sea turtle bycatch in the commercial shrimp fisheries of Southeast U.S. waters and the Gulf of Mexico
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Epperly, Sheryan
Avens, Larisa
Garrison, Lance
Henwood, Terry
Hoggard, Wayne
Mitchell, John
Nance, James
Poffenberger, John
Sasso, Chris
Scott-Denton, Elizabeth
Yeung, Cynthia
Series Name: NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC
Number: 490
Date: 2002
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service/Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Place of Publication: Miami, FL
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Management
Fisheries
Item ID: 2139
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 15:06
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:32
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2139

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