Seafood Watch red listing of Louisiana shrimp over gear, not sustainability, worries industry
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [seafoodnews.com] -- October 10, 2013 --The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has “red listed” shrimp caught in Louisiana state waters. The state stands alone among Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic states in the enforcement of the federal requirements to use Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs), which according to studies have proved effective in reducing sea turtle deaths and allowing their populations to begin a slow recovery.
Turtle excluder devices enable sea turtles, and other bycatch, caught in fishing nets to escape through special openings. Turtles sometimes are swept up into the fine mesh of a shrimper’s net and drown when unable to escape.
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April 23, 2015 -- The news is not quite so good for the striped bass.
Once touted as one of the great conservation success stories of the 1990s, the popular game fish has seen a precipitous drop in numbers in recent years, prompting the state Department of Marine Fisheries to tighten restrictions on recreational anglers.