Pilot Implementation of Automatic Identification System in the Gulf of Mexico Inshore Shrimp Fishery to Inform Efforts to Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
Bycatch in the Gulf of Mexico shrimp trawl fishery, which operates in inshore, nearshore, and offshore waters, is a known critical threat to sea turtles. This pilot project will focus on inshore and nearshore vessels to better understand spatiotemporal fishing effort. Data collected through this project will enhance the Trustees’ understanding of the overlap of fishing effort, sea turtle distribution, and sea turtle mortality. Enhanced understanding of these areas of overlap will better inform actions to restore sea turtles by reducing bycatch in this fishery regionwide. To accomplish this objective, the project will use automatic identification system (AIS), an automatic tracking technology that uses transponders on vessels, to provide information about spatial and temporal movements. AIS provides a means to collect dynamic navigational data including position, course, and speed.
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