NOAA Fisheries Offers Webinars to Assist Skimmer Trawl Fishermen with TEDs Installation


TED (turtle excluder device) and shrimp net on dock

Fishing gear specialists with NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fishery Science Center’s Gear Monitoring Team will host question and answer webinar sessions and virtual workshops summarizing upcoming skimmer trawl Turtle Excluder Device (TED) requirements and assist participants with program information and compliance.


  • The webinars are scheduled twice a month on Tuesday mornings starting at 9:00 AM through 10:30 AM CST. Webinars are scheduled for May 18, June 1, June 15, July 13, and July 27, 2021.
  • In addition, virtual workshops will be held one Friday a month starting at 9:00 AM through 10:30 AM CST. Virtual workshops are scheduled for May 14, June 25, and July 30, 2021. The full schedule and registration information are listed below.

TED Tuesday Webinars:

Friday Virtual Workshops


Additional Information:

  • NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Fisheries Science Center’s Harvesting and Engineering Branch staff will host the webinars and virtual workshops to summarize upcoming TED requirements scheduled to take effect on August 1, 2021 for skimmer trawl vessels 40 ft or greater in length.
  • Tuesday webinars will provide a comprehensive summary of the new regulations, gear requirements, and research results. Question and answer sessions will be conducted at the end of each webinar.
  • Virtual workshops will also summarize regulations and gear requirements, but will have longer question and answer sessions focused on technical aspects of TED construction, installation, and handling. During these workshops, model TEDs will be available to aid gear specialists in answering questions and illustrating technical details of TED construction and measurements.
  • These webinars and workshops are for anyone with an interest in the new TED requirements for skimmer trawls and specifically for any Southeast captains, owners, or crew of skimmer trawl vessels that are 40 ft or greater in length that will be impacted by the regulation.
  • This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

What you need to know before registering:

  • Each webinar will be recorded. See below for the NOAA Privacy Act Statement.
  • Trouble joining the webinar? Please call our Service Desk(Available from 7:00AM to 11PM EDT): 1-888-219-9228