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The Nation

Hundreds of shrimpers dismantled a coastline boat blockade but warned that it would resume Tuesday unless the federal government eases a law requiring them to use turtle excluder devices in their nets. Tee John Mialjevich of Gretna, La., founder of the 2,000-member Concerned Shrimpers of America and organizer of the blockades that began Saturday, asked the shrimpers on marine radios to move out of shipping channels while Gulf Coast lawmakers meet today with Commerce Secretary Robert A. Mosbacher. Most shrimpers from Cameron, La., to Port Aransas, Tex., have complied with the request. But some shrimpers continued to block the Brownsville Ship Channel near Port Isabel at midday, the Coast Guard said.


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