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Better BRDs Project: GoM BRD Regulations

Better Bycatch Reduction Devices for the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Shrimp Trawl Fishery

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Current Gulf of Mexico BRD Regulations for Federal & State Waters


  • In outside waters (Gulf of Mexico extending from the shoreline seaward to nine nautical miles) a certified (see federal list above) BRD is required in each net; In inside waters (Bays, passes, rivers or other bodies of water landward from the Gulf of Mexico), unless operating under a bait shrimp license, shrimp trawler are required to have one of the federally approved BRDs, or an extended mesh funnel BRD (see regulations for specifications)
  • Texas Commercial Fishing Regulations Summary: 2022-2023
  • Texas Administrative Code
  • A federally approved BRD is required in each net for otter trawls and skimmer trawls in Florida waters. In nearshore and inshore Florida waters (defined as all Florida waters inside a line three nautical miles seaward of the coastline along the Gulf of Mexico), the Florida Finfish Excluder (see regulations for specifications) is also an approved device.
  • Florida Administrative Code