The Need For BRDs (Bycatch Reduction Devices). Project Terrapin Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) 195 Cedar Bridge Road, Manahawkin New Jersey 08050. Social Problem. Species dying worldwide from human industrialization Many varieties of human destruction
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Marine Academy of Technology and
Environmental Science (MATES)
195 Cedar Bridge Road, Manahawkin New Jersey 08050
Diagram of a basic crab pot
Abandoned “Ghost Pots” that could contain drowned terrapins and other non-targeted species.
“Ghost Crab Pot” found with 94 dead terrapins in Georgia
Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin )
entering crab pots
A BRD attached to acommercial-style crab pot
Lower bycatch mortality
Mandatory in Maryland on all crab pots
Scientifically proven to not decrease crab capture rates
Female diamondback terrapin drowned in a crab pot without BRDs in Ocean County, NJ
(Rook et al. 2010)
1. Promote the use of BRDs!
2. Use a BRD!
3. Let’s not repeat the same mistake that others have. Take a stand to protect our local species and preserve our ecosystems!