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Cancun shrimp fishermen inspected for turtle release devices on nets

Cancun, Q.R. — Federal environmental officials say they have inspected Cancun fishing nets to verify the installation of turtle excluder devices.

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa) says they have inspected fishing nets in Cancun to ensure that nets being cast include the turtle excluder device (TED). They say inspections for shrimp trawl nets were done in Puerto Juárez in Cancún.

The TED devices for fishermen need to be installed in trawl nets in accordance with the procedures and regulations referred to in environmental legislation and regulations.

Photo: Profepa

Profepa says that of the shrimp vessels located at the Puerto Juárez dock, 41 marine Turtle Excluder Devices were verified installed in the shrimp trawl nets belonging to seven vessels. At the time of verification, the placement of the safety bands corresponding to the devices was also carried out.

A turtle excluder device or TED, is a specialized device that allows a captured sea turtle to escape when caught in a fisherman’s net. When larger animals, such as sea turtles and sharks are captured in the trawl, they strike the grid bars and are ejected through the opening and are free to swim away.