Project Title: Cable Turtle Excluder Device (TED) Research
Principle Investigator: Chris Parkins
Client: The Protected Species Branch (PSB) of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC)
For this project a comparative experimental design will be used to test a NMFS-supplied cable turtle exclusion device (TED) in otter bottom trawl gear directed on summer flounder to evaluate the catch retention of the targeted species and to document any operational issues. The objective is to find a technology that excludes sea turtles while maintaining targeted catch.
The project will consist of 40 alternate paired tows (80 tows total) comparing the bottom trawl gear with and without the cable TED modification. The testing will be accomplished across multiple strata and conducted in the mid-Atlantic region and/or the the southern New England region using multiple commercial vessels that operate in the fishery.