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TEDs Since 1989 all shrimp nets have had to have TEDS or Turtle Excluder Devices sewn into them A TED is a metal grate that is sewn in the body of a net so when a turtle hits it it is launched out the top of the net supposedly returning it to the wild In my opinion TEDS are a good thought but they have done nothing but hurt the fishing industry by producing less catch Since the introduction of TEDS in 1989 there has been a 10 decline in the number of shrimp caught each year This is because when trash is caught it becomes entangled in the TED holding it open and releasing the catch These TEDS dont come free to anyone A basic TED cost two hundred dollars and each boat has about eight nets so that means sixteen hundred dollars With the lose of production and price of the TEDS many fleets have gone bankrupt The fleet in Texas alone has dropped from 5200 boats to about 3500 today As more and more of these boats are filing bankruptcy the burden of helping the families who run these boats is being put on the tax payers Besides the cost of the TEDS they are also a danger to the crew The average TED is four foot by 2 12 feet with an average weight of 40 pounds A boat will have four of these on deck so there is a danger of being hit by one If someone was to get hit and killed by one the money to help the family would once again come from the boats account The settlement could set a boat in bankruptcy once again putting a family on welfare The argument of the opposition is that there were a lot of turtles being caught before the introduction of TEDS If you talked to anyone was a shrimping before TEDS
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