Excluder devices

A grid of metal bars or mesh placed usually within the neck of a trawl that has an opening for escape at either the top or bottom. Large animals that strike the bar exit through the opening, while the smaller target species pass through the bars and are captured in the net. Examples of excluder devices in trawls are the Nordmore grid, the Turtle Excluder Device (TED), and the Sea Lion Excluder Device (SLED). A sea turtle excluder chain mat is used in the Northwest Atlantic scallop dredge fishery. A new modification to pound nets may reduce sea turtle bycatch by replacing the upper two-thirds of the leader netting with vertical ropes spaced wide enough apart to let sea turtles swim through without becoming entangled (DeAlteris et al., 2005).