In the summer and fall of 1989, hundreds of shrimpers captained their vessels into position to blockade the ports and waterways of the Gulf of Mexico. These shrimpers, challenging the use of Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) required to protect turtles from being caught in shrimp nets, felt themselves caught in the net of government regulation.
Their action, the largest protest over marine resources in the history of the United States, was only the most visible response to a highly charged conflict.
Caught in the Net examines how national environmental groups identified a threat to sea turtles, spearheaded a drive to protect them, and saw their efforts result in the federal government's requirement that shrimpers use TEDs. The authors analyze the conflict that arose in reaction to the new regulations, highlighting the complex of alliances that developed.
Based on extensive interviews with the participants, Caught in the Net highlights the modern ambiguities and tensions between environmental protection and those whose lives are based on what the environment offers.
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ANTHONY V. MARGAVIO teaches sociology at the University of New Orleans.CRAIG J. FORSYTH is a professor of sociology at Southwestern Louisiana University.SHIRLEY LASKA was recently named vice chancellor of research at the University of New Orleans.JAMES MASON is pursuing his doctorate at Cornell University.From Publishers Weekly:
Superficially described here is a clash of numerous cultures-shrimpers out to defend their way of life, environmentalists protecting endangered sea turtles, recreational fishermen hoping to increase populations of their target species, developers and federal and state agents. The specifics are straightforward enough. Endangered turtles get caught in shrimpers' nets and drown, so Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) were developed to protect the turtles. Shrimpers rebelled against using TEDs and, in 1989, staged the country's largest marine blockade in protest. What makes the case so interesting is that virtually all parties disagree on everything else. Do TEDs reduce the amount of shrimp caught? Do they save turtles? Are the turtles really endangered? What is the environmentalists' hidden agenda and why are some of the country's large corporate polluters funding the effort to save the turtles? This academic study touches on many interesting topics but the authors, sociologists all, do not get beneath the surface. Photos.
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