ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Remember the terrapin when you set out crab pots this year. 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it receives reports every year of diamondback terrapins that are trapped and drown in crab pots lacking an escape hatch known as a Turtle Excluder Device. It is asking recreational crabbers to make sure their crab pots have the devices. 

The device consists of a rectangular frame that keeps turtles from getting into the trap, but not crabs. State officials say a crab pot with a correctly installed TED will catch just as many crabs, and not drown terrapins. 

Abandoned crab pots have been found with as many as 49 drowned terrapins, deaths that can seriously hurt terrapin populations. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Doug says:

    Yes,let’s pretend that we’re concerned about nature,as we slowly destroy
    every living creature,one by one, and swell our own population ,farting
    and flushing the toilet repeatedly.

    Here’s your choice children.
    More of us,or more of nature.
    Can’t have it both ways.

  2. TB says:

    Nice to offer that choice after you are already here.

  3. Herman O Darr says:

    humans come first until the end comes for us

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