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The Story of TED

Words by Nicolas Pilcher
A Turtle Excluder Device (TED) is simply a metal grid with bars spaced about 10 centimetres apart. Set at an angle, it is typically installed in the neck of a shrimp trawling net. Shrimp and fish pass through the grid and are retained in the net, but the grid deflects large objects, such as turtles, upwards and out through a net flap.<br /> Illustration by Marc Dando
A Turtle Excluder Device (TED) is simply a metal grid with bars spaced about 10 centimetres apart. Set at an angle, it is typically installed in the neck of a shrimp trawling net. Shrimp and fish pass through the grid and are retained in the net, but the grid deflects large objects, such as turtles, upwards and out through a net flap.<br /> Illustration by Marc Dando
For the past two decades, Nick Pilcher has been working with turtles in Malaysia, encouraging fishers to equip their nets with Turtle Excluder Devices that will help them to avoid catching these gentle marine reptiles.<br /> Photo by Gilbert Woolley
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Sea turtles of Malaysia