shrimpers http://wwno.org en UNO Receives Grant To Improve Device Protecting Sea Turtles http://wwno.org/post/uno-receives-grant-improve-device-protecting-sea-turtles <p></p><p>The University of New Orleans has been awarded an 18-month $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to protect sea turtles.</p><p>The project is aimed at improving a device used on shrimp boats.</p><p>That device is called an “excluder.”</p><p>It allows a captured sea turtle to escape when it’s caught up in a net.</p><p>Since 1978, all sea turtles in U.S. coastal waters have been classified as either threatened or endangered.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:35:36 +0000 Eileen Fleming 62291 at http://wwno.org Shrimp Trawling Comes With Big Risks http://wwno.org/post/shrimp-trawling-comes-big-risks Think your job is bad? Quit whining, unless you're a shrimper in the Gulf of Mexico.<p>Commercial fishermen have the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/cfoi_08252011.pdf">highest rate of on-the-job fatalities</a> of any occupation in the country — 116 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2010. A majority of the deaths happen when a fishing vessel sinks. About a third occur when someone goes overboard.<p>But 10 percent of the more than 500 deaths of commercial fishermen between 2000 and 2009 involved entanglement with machinery on deck, according to government figures. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:44:00 +0000 editor 30787 at http://wwno.org BP Settlement Hearing Set in Federal Court http://wwno.org/post/bp-settlement-hearing-set-federal-court <p>BP is heading back to federal court in New Orleans&nbsp;on a proposed settlement over its oil spill two years ago.&nbsp;Shrimp processors are objecting to some terms.</p><p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 9343 at http://wwno.org