Oceana is encouraged by the work of this Committee to tackle the longstanding issue of TEDs in shrimp trawls in Louisiana and bring the state in line with the rest of the nation. Shrimp trawling can be done responsibly using proven tools to minimize its effect on the other marine life that swim with shrimp.
Responsible shrimp fisheries use TEDs, and enforcement of TEDs protects the work of honest, law-abiding fishermen across the state. Notably, the Louisiana shrimp industry itself has recognized these facts and asked for this bill to repeal the law, with a number of fishing industry representatives testifying at the committee meeting in favor of the bill.
Shrimp catch is not significantly lower when TEDs are properly installed, and they are used safely across the shrimp fisheries of the Southeast region. Simply put, TEDs are a best practice and proven tool that is 97 percent effective at saving endangered sea turtles when used correctly.
Oceana commends the Committee for its action to address this important issue. It will have proven benefits for Louisiana's fishermen and the sea turtles of the Gulf of Mexico as well as ensure that all Louisiana shrimp is safe, legally caught and good for the oceans.