Derelict Crab Trap Rodeos

Derelict Crab Trap Rodeos

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Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG), working with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and community volunteers, is on a mission to clean coastal waters of derelict crab traps.

Derelict traps are those that have been discarded, lost or abandoned in the environment. Traps can be accidentally lost if they become separated from their buoys by storms or passing boats. Many continue to fish, ensnaring blue crabs and other important aquatic species. Additionally, these wire mesh enclosures pose a potential navigation hazard to boats and can become entangled in other fishing gear like shrimp trawl nets.

In addition to removal, the project includes an educational element designed to reduce the number of traps lost annually and to lessen the impacts of traps in the environment. Data were also collected on the number and types of animals found in the recovered crab traps.

2016 Closures & Rodeos:

Volunteers with and without boats are needed!

Pontchartrain Area:

(East Lake Pontchartrain and Lake St. Catherine)

Closure — 6:00 a.m. February 12 – 6:00 a.m. February 21 — view map
Rodeo —  Saturday, February 13 at Pelican Pointe Marina (Highway 90, across from Ft Pike)
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For more information contact Patrick Smith at

Hero Canal Area:

Closure — 6:00 a.m. February 19 – 6:00 a.m. February 28 — view map
Rodeo —  Saturday, February 20 from 8:30am-3:30pm in Lafitte, La
Volunteer headquarters is at Jean Lafitte Harbor located at the end of Highway 45 in Lafitte.
(Note: February 27 will serve as a back up day in case of inclement weather.)
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Report Lost Traps