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A turtle excluder device {TED) lets sea turtles escape from fishing nets.

Turtle Excluder Device will be found at the San Bernard Headquarters Campus.   Reservations are not required.   For schedule information please see the daily Saturday and Sunday daily schedules.

Sea turtles are air-breathing reptiles with streamlined bodies and large flippers.   They are well adapted to life in the ocean and inhabit tropical and subtropical ocean waters around the world.   Of the seven species of sea turtles, six are found in U.S. waters. These include the green, hawksbill, Kemp's ridley, leatherback, loggerhead, and olive ridley.

A turtle excluder device or TED is a specialized device that allows a captured sea turtle to escape when caught in a fisherman's net.   Sea turtles can be caught when bottom trawling is used by the commercial shrimp fishing industry.   In order to catch shrimp, a fine meshed trawl net is needed.   This results in large amounts of other marine organisms being also caught as bycatch.   When a turtle gets caught or entangled in a trawl net, it becomes trapped and is unable to return to the surface.   Since sea turtles are air-breathing creatures with lungs, they eventually drown.

Check out this exhibit so see how a TED works!

Photograph of a loggerhead Seat Turtle escaping from a Turtle Excluder Device
Loggerhead Turtle escaping net through a TED   (NOAA)

Sketch illustrating the operation of a Turtle Excluder Device
Sketch of a Turtle Excluder Device     (Source)