Virginia Coastal Policy Center


This paper highlights case studies about other states' efforts to require or incentivize the use of TEDs [terrapin excluder devices] and recommends policies for Virginia to adopt that have proven successful elsewhere. First, it outlines the threats to terrapins at large, as well as the threat posed by commercial and recreational crabbing, specifically. Next, it details the efforts that other East Coast states have made to combat the problem, including policies that require or incentivize the use of TEDs on crab pots, and discusses the regulatory framework currently in place in Virginia. Finally, this paper concludes by analyzing the approaches taken by other states and recommending specific policies that Virginia can pursue to reduce the deaths terrapins face from crab pots.

This abstract has been adapted from the authors' introduction.

Document Type

Shoreline Management and Riparian Rights

Publication Date

Spring 2022