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India: Turtle-excluding devices to be redesigned December 05,2019   |  Source: The Hindu Business Line

A design change in turtle excluder devices (TED) may ensure that turtles do not enter the trawling nets, and will help the seafood sector overcome the US ban on wild caught shrimps from India’s west coast. The change in design is being worked out jointly by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) and Marine Products Export Development Authority (Mpeda) as the US has decided to continue with its ban on wild caught shrimps following reports on non-use of TEDs in fishing nets.

“We are working with Mpeda to modify the existing TEDs already in operation in the east coast of the country,” CN Ravisankar, Director, CIFT, told BusinessLine. According to him, the results of the field trials conducted off the Andhra Pradesh coast using the CIFT designed TED showed 100 per cent escape of sea turtles that entered the trawl, and catch loss ranging from 2.3 to 10.3 per cent. The demonstration along the Odisha coast in commercial trawlers has shown that the exclusion rates were 2.5 per cent of the total catch and 2.7 per cent for shrimps. The Institute has trained fishermen in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu on the usage of TED in their fishing nets, he said.

The indigenous TED design was developed with a focus on reducing catch losses, which is a cause of concern

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