Better Bycatch Reduction Devices for the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Shrimp Trawl Fishery
Louisiana and Texas Sea Grant programs are working with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to identify and promote certified bycatch reduction devices (BRDs –“bird”) for use in the shrimp trawl industry. Current regulations state that each net must have one compliant BRD while fishing within the Gulf of Mexico EEZ.
What is Marine Debris?
NOAA defines marine debris as “any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes.” There are multiple types of marine debris–including litter, lost or abandoned fishing gear and boats and nurdles and other forms of microplastics–that may enter the environment via intentional dumping, discarding, abandoning or accidental release (e.g., lost during transport or storm events).
Soft Shell Crab
Soft shell blue crab aquaculture is one of the oldest aquaculture industries in the United States. In the recent past, soft shell aquaculture in the U.S. produced over 1 million pounds valued at over $5.5 million. However, this industry has been in decline over the last 30 years. Severe natural storms and changing conditions of salinity and water quality have been hard on the industry. Our goals are to increase survival under changing conditions, increase participation in the industry, and make the industry more resilient to natural hazards.
Tow the Time
Fishermen using skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls and wing-net trawls without TEDs have tow time limits to help prevent incidental catch of turtles.
Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program
The Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification is a voluntary program for seafood vendors established by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to stamp shrimp, crabs, finfish, oysters and crawfish harvested in Louisiana as “Certified Authentic Louisiana Wild Seafood.” It also promotes maintaining a quality product from the moment the catch hits the deck, through dockside processing to final wholesaler processing.
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