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Shrimp exports to US from Costa Rica will resume by Jaime Lopez May 20,2012   |  Source: Costa Rica Star

An official press release by the United States Embassy in Costa Rica indicates that shrimp caught in our country may once again be imported by the North American nation, following a certification that was reissued under Public Law 101-162, Section 609, 16 U.S.C. 1537, entitled Shrimp Import Prohibition Legislation for Marine Turtle Conservation.

The import ban does not apply to nations that have adopted comparable sea turtle protection programs that require and enforce the use of Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs). These devices are described by the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a grid of bars with an opening either at the top or the bottom of the trawl net. The grid is fitted into the neck of a shrimp trawl. Small animals such as shrimp pass through the bars and are caught in the bag end of the trawl. When larger animals such as marine turtles and sharks are captured in the trawl, they strike the grid bars and are ejected through the opening.

Initial TED designs did not allow for the release of larger leatherback turtles, and thus TED openings were later redesigned to address this problem.

Ambassador Anne Andrew gave credit to the Fishing Institute of Costa Rica (INCOPESCA) and the coast guard service for their efforts in implementing

Theme(s): Fisheries Resources.

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