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Marine Fisheries - RCGL Shrimp and Skimmer Trawls

Marine Fisheries

RCGL Shrimp and Skimmer Trawls

Gear Requirements - Shrimp trawls must have a bycatch reduction device; check with DMF for specifications. Since April 1, 2009, mechanical methods for retrieving a trawl net have been allowed when proper Turtle Excluder Device (TED) requirements are met. Maximum headrope size is 26 feet. Minimum mesh is 1-1/2 inches stretched mesh.

Marking Requirements – One solid hot pink buoy attached to the cod end (tailbag) of the trawl (see Buoy Requirements).

Designated Areas - Some areas are never opened to trawling, check with DMF before you go shrimping.

Closed Times - It is unlawful to use trawls 9 p.m. on Fridays - 5 p.m. on Sundays in any internal waters. 

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