Comparing VA BRD with SC BRD in preventing terrapins from entering crab pots

Blue crabs are the target of the most valuable fishery in the Chesapeake region, and are fished both commercially and for sport. Unfortunately, other aquatic animals are often caught as bycatch when fishing for crabs. I am joining Dr. Chambers’ research team to attempt to mitigate the impact of crabbing on the northern diamondback terrapin (turtle) population. One strategy is to exclude the turtles from the trap by modifying the entrance with a bycatch reduction device (BRD). With this research, we hope to examine the efficacy of the BRD developed for use in Virginia versus the efficacy of the untested BRD that the South Carolina legislature is poised to mandate.

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