more about brDs

Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRDs) are required on the funnels (openings) of all commercial-style crab pots in New Jersey that are fished in waters 150 feet across (from shoreline to shoreline) or less at mean low water.  Simply stated, they are to be used in man-made lagoons and narrow channels, but are not required on all crab pots.   The NJ BRD sizes (2" x 6") were developed by Dr. Roger Wood of Stockton University and the Wetlands Institute, NJ in the late 1990's. 


Since they are not required for all uses in New Jersey, Project Terrapin is providing BRDs (four and two in a bundle) to people who purchase traps.  With generous donations and some corporate support, we are able to fund BRD distribution and that helped us to reach our goal of 30,000+ BRDs in 2020.  This means that we potentially outfitted 7,000 crab pots with BRDS in the Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May County area.  In 2022, we are hoping to  supply another 1000 BRDs to fit crab pots.

Commercial crab pot with orange BRD in funnel.

MATES Project Terrapin students help to bundle the BRDs and distribute them to retailer that  sell crab pots, and to one local crab pot manufacturer who installs them on his crab pots for sale in New Jersey. 

We would like to thank the following for distributing BRDs or selling crab pots with BRDs included...

  • ACE Hardware (sells crab pots with BRDs) 

  • Lacey Marine, Lacey Township, NJ

  • Creekside Outfitters, Waretown, NJ

  • Joe's Welding, Pedricktown, NJ  

  • Ray Scott's Dock, Margate, NJ

  • West Marine of Toms River and Tuckerton (sell crab pots with BRDs) 

  • Jenkinson's Aquarium, Pt. Pleasant, NJ

  • Save Barnegat Bay, Toms River, NJ

  • Betty and Nick's Bait & Tackle, Seaside Park, NJ ​

  • MATES, 195 Cedar Bridge Drive, Stafford, NJ

  • The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Long Beach, NJ

  • The Long Beach Township Marine Field Station in Holgate, NJ (distribution)

  • The Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton, NJ

Special thanks to the American Sportsman/American Crab Pot Company in Manahawkin, NJ for including BRDs on their recreational crab pots.


Also, thanks to Exelon Energy Company (over many years) for their generous support of our BRD program, SUEZ, our amazing friends at Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and our partnership with the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.  We are working with The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, and support the initiatives to promote a safer Barnegat Bay by properly outfitting crab pots.  To properly outfit a crab pot, please visit

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