The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is extending the Skimmer Turtle Excluder Device Reimbursement Program (STEDRP), which will reimburse up to 60 percent of the cost for two skimmer TEDs. The goal of the Louisiana cost-share program is to provide financial relief to fishermen who need to purchase skimmer TEDs as a result of the recently amended federal regulations. The extension will allow more fishermen into the program who would like to receive Turtle Excluder Device reimbursement funds.
Eligible participants include those fishermen who have current residential skimmer gear licenses, vessels that are 40 feet in length or greater and have reported landings between 2018-2020.
Participants are required to attend an online informational meeting, facilitated by LDWF and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Gear Monitoring Team. The meeting topics will include specifications for the skimmer TEDs, a review of the sea turtle regulations, and details on the skimmer TED reimbursement program. Fishermen will be registered and tracked for reimbursements through an online system used by LDWF in administering similar programs.
Register for the meeting here:
If you need assistance with registration or don’t have Internet access, please contact Julia Lightner at (504) 286-4041 or [email protected].