A Louisiana legislator has introduced a bill that would repeal a state law that prevents wildlife agents from enforcing federal turtle-excluder device regulations in shrimp trawls.

Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill, D-Dry Creek, introduced the bill Friday (April 3), two days after the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force said it would support a repeal of the current law.

Turtle-excluder devices, often called TEDs, help prevent turtles from being trapped in shrimp nets.

A state law passed in 1987 prohibits Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents from enforcing the requirement. Louisiana is the only state in the country with that law.

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