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.
The project is aimed at improving a device used on shrimp boats.
That device is called an “excluder.”
It allows a captured sea turtle to escape when it’s caught up in a net.
Since 1978, all sea turtles in U.S. coastal waters have been classified as either threatened or endangered.