Several years ago, Tony Nalovic researched a Turtle Excluder Device (TED), a way to eliminate endangered sea turtles from bycatch in shrimp nets, as a way to solve this problem in his home country of New Guinea. However, he came to realize fisherman were skeptical of the solution as they believed it may reduce their total catch. Through collaboration with the French Guiana Regional Fisheries Committee and the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), Nalovic succeeded in convincing the fisherman to adopt TEDs as a standard part of their fishing practice. Now Nalovic is a Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) Collaborative Fisheries Research Fellow and he will work with VASG’s Troy Hartley and the WWF to provide a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) training course to help international researchers and NGOs learn how to work with fisherman to realize similar results.
Project details: Troy Hartley (VASG). ISTS Training Workshop.