New Scallop Dredge May Prevent Turtle Deaths

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Southcoast Today: The goal is to keep catching scallops—without harming the ocean’s majestic sea turtles. And the solution, while it might seem simple, has taken years to test and refine.

Scallop dredges work the sea floor, where the slow-moving turtles often feed on crabs and scallops. And the equipment, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region of the Eastern seaboard, inadvertently snags the turtles.

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