In collaboration with NOAA Fisheries,
The goal of the project is to refine the device so that it satisfies both the shrimping community and conservationists, as well as provide better education to local skimmer trawl fishermen about the proper way to install and use the device.
Since 1978, all sea turtles in U.S. coastal waters have been classified as either threatened or endangered. The primary cause of sea turtle mortality was incidental capture of sea turtles by shrimp trawls in the Southeast U.S., according to research from the
The purpose of the project is to convince local skimmer trawl fishermen that using the newly designed turtle excluder devices will prevent them from catching sea turtles as well as unwanted non-shrimp species, which benefits the shrimpers, O'Connell said.
The outreach portion of the project will involve trained UNO students teaching local skimmer trawl fishermen how to construct, install and operate the new turtle excluder devices.
"This project proactively addresses conservation challenges through collaborative research with the fishing industry, while simultaneously providing the fisheries sector with the skills needed to both innovate and collaborate in a more sustainable manner with university and government researchers," said
"This collaborative effort is a great example of how government and commercial fishermen can work together to improve the industry and reduce the impacts of fishing on other species," said
The project was initiated by the
"This collaboration shows how the
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