National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries has announced that it now has made available to the public sea turtle interaction data that will be updated annually.
In a news release issued on April 27, NOAA said that it collects information about fishing effort and by-catch from the fishing industry, either through direct observation or industry-provided reports.
Information about sea turtle interactions observed in the southeast shrimp fisheries is now available at appssefsc.fisheries.noaa.gov/apex-/f?p=112%3A20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.
NOAA has worked closely with the trawl fishing industry to develop turtle excluder devices (TEDs) to reduce by-catch mortality of sea turtles caught in shrimp trawl gear, the release said.
According to the release, six of the seven species of sea turtle in the world live in U.S. waters. All of these species – green, hawksbill, Kemp’s ridley, leatherback, loggerhead and olive ridley sea turtles, are listed and protected under the Endangered Species Act.
For more information, contact Judy Gocke with NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center at (409) 766- 3511.