Bubba Shrimp Company
In today's time, trawl vessels must have a turtle excluder device (TED). The employment of these devices have started a spike in turtle population increase since 2010. The vessels must also include Bycatch Reduction Device (BRD) to reduce finfish bycatch.
These improvements have drastically reduced the impacts of shrimp fishing however, they have not totally ended all the bad practices.
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“Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There’s shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That, that’s about it.” – Bubba
Another problem is the destruction of the habitat of the brown shrimp by the ocean trawling vessels. These trawl lines that stir up the ocean bottom often cause a destruction of the sea floor. In order to solve this problem we suggest a modification of the fishing gear. We would like to see everyone install a weak link which will break off if the line is hung up on something. What is the benefit to the shrimpers? Well when a line gets staged it causes excess drag and strain on the boat which can break or wear out parts on the ship. SO by running this weak link, you not only protect your shrimp's habitat, you also protect your investment: your boat. . Shrimp trawlers use a drag chain to stir up the dirt in which the shrimp live in. In order to stop this drag chain from getting attached to reefs or anythign else which can harm the enviornment, 'weak-links" are installed that break off if the chain get snaged on anything.
The data collected, and the bycatch results were based on 10 samples of a 5 gallon bucket of catch product. Inside, each sample would be seperated by shrimp and bycatch. The overall sucess of the research is deemed by the sucess of the few to represent the many.