Louisiana lawmakers finally have taken the important step towards enforcing federal Turtle Excluder Device (TED) regulations.   Shrimp fisheries operate by dragging a large net behind a boat and scooping up everything in their way – including sea turtles.  Since the turtles have to surface to breathe, they used to drown in these nets before TED regulations went into place in the early 1990s.  TEDs give the turtles an “escape hatch” with minimal impact on catch success.

Watch them in action below: