New restriction put on shrimpers to protect turtles
by Wally Northway
Published: June 21,2010
GULF OF MEXICO — Due to reports of unusually high numbers of endangered sea turtle sightings and strandings in Mississippi, and as a proactive measure, the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has ordered the immediate reduction of maximum trawling times for shrimping vessels using skimmer trawls to 30 minutes, effective June 20.
The tow time requirement is measured from the time the cod end of the trawl enters the water until the cod end is removed from the water.
The purpose of the tow time reduction from 55 minutes to 30 minutes for skimmer trawls is due to an unusually high number of sea turtles in the Mississippi Sound. This change is being implemented to increase the survivability of any sea turtles captured in a skimmer trawl.
All other shrimping regulations will remain in full force and effect, and waters east of the Biloxi Ship Channel remain closed to shrimping.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
One Response to “New restriction put on shrimpers to protect turtles”
Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail
Still planning that summer vacation?
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- Study: Mississippi has highest sales tax rate in U.S.
- Prescription for success — Transcript Pharmacy continues fast growth
- New law on taxing methods hailed as big win for businesses
- Panther Creek megasite — Putting a value proposition out there
- Panther Creek's location in medical industry zone boosts bio-med prospects
- MSU researchers develop timber-management software
- Nehi Bottling Company has been a Cleveland fixture for 85 years
- News The Way You Want It!
- Counties ‘hoping to get it right’ as they await Tuscaloosa Marine shale boom