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Department Of Natural Resources Asks Crabbers to Install Turtle Excluder Devices?

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Maryland state officials say a crab pot with a correctly installed turtle excluder device will catch just as many crabs, and not drown diamondback terrapins.
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Maryland state officials say a crab pot with a correctly installed turtle excluder device will catch just as many crabs, and not drown diamondback terrapins.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it receives reports every year of diamondback terrapins that are trapped and drown in crab pots lacking an escape hatch known as a Turtle Excluder Device (TED). And it is asking recreational crabbers to make sure their crab pots have the devices.

The device consists of a rectangular frame that keeps turtles from getting into the trap, but not crabs.

State officials say a crab pot with a correctly installed TED will catch just as many crabs, and not drown terrapins.??

Abandoned crab pots have been found with as many as 49 drowned terrapins, deaths that can seriously hurt terrapin populations.

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