Diamondback Terrapins are a critical species living in the waters and salt marshes throughout the Hempstead Bays. A multi-year terrapin population study is currently being conducted by the Department. Unfortunately, one of the greatest threats terrapins face is drowning when they get trapped in commercial and recreational crab pots. Terrapins are attracted to the same bait used to lure blue crabs in, and may also enter pots out of curiosity or in search of a resting place.
It is required by New York State that Terrapin Excluder Devices (TEDs) measuring 4-¾” x 1-¾” be installed on all funnel entrances of non-collapsible crab pots set in creeks, coves, rivers, tributaries, and near-shore harbors of the Marine and Coastal District in New York State, including the waterways of Hempstead Bay.
Thanks to our partners at Seatuck Environmental Association, the Department has been given 500 TEDs to distribute for free to anyone who needs to alter a crab pot. TEDs are available to pick up at the Department administration building during business hours. For more information, please call (516) 431-9200.
Watch a video on how to install a TED on your crab pot.