For Immediate Release
Gulf Shrimpers Violating Laws that Require Turtle Escape Gear
Hundreds of fishers turned out for meetings on new regulations
GULF COAST - The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp trawl fleet is the target of increased law enforcement to ensure compliance with required Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs). An estimated 200 vessels have inspected this month by federal officials and 71 were given either warnings for TEDs problems discovered while docked or violation notices for fishing with illegal gear that may result in fines or other penalties.