18-23-MMS| May 24, 2018
BILOXI, Miss. – Representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will perform courtesy checks of Turtle Excluder Devices on May 30-31.
Canh Nguyen and Jason Letort, NOAA Fisheries gear specialists, will visit Mississippi docks to check that TEDs are installed at the proper angle to minimize shrimp loss and release sea turtles.
These courtesy checks will take only several minutes per device, but fishermen should prepare by hanging their nets with TEDs a few feet above the deck.
Below is a tentative schedule and is subject to change based on how many boats participate. Call Nguyen at 228-549-1773 with any questions.
May 30: 9 a.m. to noon, Pass Christian Harbor; 1-4 p.m., Biloxi Small Craft Harbor
May 31: 9 a.m. to noon, Biloxi (C.F. Gollott and St. Michael’s docks); 1-4 p.m., Ocean Springs Small Craft Harbor.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at dmr.ms.gov.