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Federal Sea Turtle protection laws may soon be enforced

At the April 3 meeting of the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force in Baton Rouge, committee members voted 4-2 in favor of enforcing use of use of Turtle Excluder Devices (TED) on shrimp boats in state waters. Although a federal law requires the use of TEDs on shrimp trawls to allow endangered sea turtles to escape without drowning, a law passed by the Louisiana legislature in 1987 has prevented their state law enforcement from boarding boats to check for TEDs. 
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