Lilimar, best known for her role in the hit Nickelodeon series “Bella and the Bulldogs,” will join Oceana, One More Generation and regional children to deliver more than 12,000 letters and drawings from kids across the country urging President Obama and Secretary Penny Pritzker to save threatened and endangered sea turtles in U.S. waters. The letters, which represent children from nearly all 50 states, call on President Obama to require a “simple solution” to protect sea turtles from shrimp trawls in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. By requiring the use of improved Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) – metal gates inserted into shrimp nets that allow sea turtles and other ocean wildlife to escape – the Obama administration has an opportunity to save thousands of sea turtles, reduce millions of pounds of wasted seafood and open new markets to U.S. shrimpers.
WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 12:45 p.m.
WHERE: White House (Pennsylvania Avenue)
NOTE: Please contact Dustin Cranor to RSVP and schedule one-on-one interviews.
While many shrimp boats in the Southeast have been required to use TEDs since the 1980s, about 2,400 skimmer trawls in the region are currently exempt. Altogether, Southeast shrimp trawls could be killing 50,000 endangered and threatened sea turtles annually. In 2013 alone, the Gulf of Mexico shrimp trawl fishery discarded an estimated 242 million pounds of seafood and ocean wildlife – about 62 percent of its total catch. This wasted catch could equate to more than $350 million in value, if the fish were of marketable size.
Over the last two years, the federal government has developed and tested a new, improved TED with smaller bar spacing (reduced from 4 to 3 inches) that could help save smaller sea turtles and reduce unwanted fish bycatch by an additional 25 percent.
Requiring the entire Southeast shrimp trawl fishery to use this new TED would:
To learn more, please visit www.oceana.org/TEDsforalltrawls.