Turtle Excluder Devices in Queen’s Creek

This summer, I plan to spend two weeks in May to assess the use of Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) in a housing development on Queen’s Creek here in Williamsburg. I’m primarily interested in the use of turtle excluder devices  on recreational crab pots. I’m planning to investigate to what extent, if at all, the residents are using turtle excluder devices in their recreational crab pots. There are around ten homes and each homeowner has a dock with anywhere from one to six crab traps. TEDs save turtles (mainly Diamondback Terrapins) from entering crab traps. Turtles that enter crab traps often drown, lowering local biodiversity.   I plan to encourage the use of the devices by providing and installing them on crab pots, free of charge. I will provide plenty of information about the high benefits and low costs of TEDs to the residents. Hopefully this will help encourage more Virginians using TEDs even though they are not required.