PROFEPA certifies TEDs in Pacific shrimp fleet
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Sea turtle escaping a net equipped with turtle excluder device, TED (Photo: NOAA)MEXICOTuesday, October 03, 2017,2

Sea turtle escaping a net equipped with turtle excluder device, TED. (Photo: NOAA)


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Tuesday, October 03, 2017, 21:20 (GMT + 9)


The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (PROFEPA) concluded the certification of turtle excluder devices (TEDs) prior to the start of the shrimp fishing season on the high seas.

The federal agency reported that 521 shrimp vessels were certified with 3,059 TEDs installed in their trawling nets at the ports of Mazatlan and Topolobampo (Sinaloa), where the total high sea shrimp fleet in the state is concentrated.

The certified vessels complied with the technical specifications for construction and installation in compliance with Mexican Official Standard NOM-061-SAG-PESC/ SEMARNAT-2016 of their TEDs used by the shrimp trawling fleet in waters of federal jurisdiction of Mexico, employed for shrimp commercial fishing and didactic operations. The purpose of these devices is to contribute to the protection of sea turtle populations and to reduce their bycatch.

Seven species of sea turtles are nesting and developing in our exclusive economic zone: loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), green turtle (Chelonia mydas), olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Atlantic ridley turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), Galápagos green turtle (Chelonia agassizii) and leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), the largest in the world. All these species are protected by Mexican legislation and, therefore, their capture, processing, trade and transfer are banned.

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