Shrimper Blockade Fails in Louisiana

From Associated Press

The newly reinstated rule requiring Gulf Coast shrimpers to put turtle-escape doors on their nets drew scattered protests Friday, including an apparently unsuccessful blockade in Louisiana waters.

Critics complain that too much of the catch escapes with the endangered turtles because they must use so-called turtle excluder devices (TEDs).

Shrimpers in Louisiana set up a 30-boat blockade of a shipping channel Friday morning, Coast Guard officials said, but ships were able to navigate around them.