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DNR Reminds Recreation Crabbers To Install Turtle Excluders

Annapolis, MD — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to remind recreational crabbers to install the required turtle excluder or Bycatch Reduction Device (BRD) on their crab pots.

BRDs function by not allowing most terrapins to get their shells through the opening into the crab pot, which prevents the drowning of terrapins and other marine mammals. BRDs still allow crabs to enter the pot and do not impact the size or number of crabs caught.

This crabbing season, remember to check for turtle excluders in the funnel of each existing crab pot, and be sure to ask for turtle excluders when purchasing crab pots. For more information about turtle excluders, visit

   June 2, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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