WWF pushes Indian shrimp industry to tackle turtle kills

Turtle excluder devices have reduce turtle bycatch by up to 97 percent in other shrimp fisheries.

WWF urged the Indian government to strengthen measures for protection and conservation of sea turtles, whose population is threatened by shrimp trawling, reports United News of India.

A simple solution to the problem is the use of turtle excluder devices (TEDs) in the trawl nets.

The use of TEDs has proven to have reduced turtle bycatch by up to 97 percent with minimal shrimp catch loss.

India is one of the largest exporters of shrimp, mainly, to the US and EU markets, with approximately 46 percent wild-caught.

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