Developing Methods to Observe Sea Turtle Interactions in the Gulf of Mexico Menhaden Purse Seine Fishery
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
This project will work with the Gulf of Mexico menhaden purse seine industry to develop effective observer methods to collect information about interactions with sea turtles and other protected species for the Gulf of Mexico menhaden purse seine fishery, and to identify opportunities for voluntary measures to avoid and reduce those interactions. Effective observer methods would collect data necessary to support efforts to reduce the risk of interactions with sea turtle and other protected species in the commercial menhaden fishery and could inform future restoration projects. That information would then allow NOAA and the industry to work together to develop effective voluntary practices and measures to avoid and reduce interactions in the future.
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